Delivering a meal and conversation to Midlothian seniors' doors is something Midlothian Chamber of Commerce president Cammy Jackson said she enjoys.
Jackson and chamber chairperson Dr. Toni Engram, with Legacy Dentistry, delivered meals to three Midlothian-based clients Thursday for Meal-on-Wheels of Ellis and Johnson Counties as part of the organization's 14th annual March for Meals. Across the country this month, Meals-on-Wheels programs have enlisted elected officials, local celebrities and other prominent figures to deliver meals, speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the power of Meals-on-Wheels.
Jackson and Engram teamed up with the usual route volunteers to deliver meals to the clients. Jackson said she has enjoyed volunteering for the organization, helping with the route the Midlothian Rotary members cover on Tuesdays, for the last two years.
“I really love delivering meals to people because sometimes you are the only person they see all day,” she said. “Anytime someone had to cancel, I always volunteer to fill in. I love chatting with them and maybe making their day a little brighter.”
While she knows many people who volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels, Engram said this was her first time volunteering herself.
“I'm excited it,” she said. “I'm really just looking forward to connecting with people I may not know.”
She, Jackson and the other volunteers knocked on each door and introduced themselves to the residents, many of whom were surprised to see such a large number of people coming to see them. After the quick introductions and short conversations about how the residents were doing, the ladies climbed back into their cars to head to the next house.
This was a different route than Jackson usually volunteers on, she said. Over time, she has come to recognize some of the regular clients along her usual route, she said, though some don't always remember her. The Rotary members talk about changes to the route and it is always sad to hear when the client at a regular stop is no longer living there, Jackson said.
For those volunteering with Meals-on-Wheels, Jackson suggested being compassionate.
“You meet all kinds of people and walk into all sorts of situations,” she said. “If you walk into those situations with an open mind and an open heart, you will do fine.”
Most of the people she meets while delivering meals are very friendly, Jackson said.
“I remember one lady, we talked for about 15 minutes,” she said. “She had just moved in and was commenting about the neighborhood and how friendly everyone was. I hope she felt included in that friendliness.”
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