Grant's Walk to End Hunger (AKA jumping rope in a Meals on Wheels costume)
Hello everyone! I'm again participating in the Walk to End Hunger on behalf of Meals on Wheels. I'm walking to support Meals on Wheels because it's impossible to overestimate the value of the delivery of a daily hot meal and friendly visit for those who get meals.
I'm walking this year in honor and memory of my grandma, Lori Holstad (pictured with me and Julie here), who passed away this fall after spending 90 well-lived years on this planet. My grandma was always there for my family, providing help wherever it was needed whether it was babysitting, driving one of us grandkids where we needed to be or paying me or my brother too much to mow her modest lawn and enjoy some milk and cookies. I have a lot of food-related memories of my grandma this time of year, as she was the one who introduced me to the farmer's market and was the host for many Thanksgiving dinners.
In short, my grandma showed me what it means help others and to appreciate good, nutritious food.
After many years of taking care of us, my grandma eventually was the one who needed care as she struggled with dementia in the later years of her life. I'm beyond grateful that my mom and my two aunts were able to help her get the care she needed and that she had a wonderful care team and neighbors in the assisting living facility where she lived in during her twilight years.
While my grandma never received Meals on Wheels, I can't help but think of how many people who are in her shoes benefit from this program. We hear from countless caregivers for people with dementia about the relief they feel when they know someone is checking in their mom, dad, sister or brother, and delivering a nutritious meal that their loved one wouldn't be able to prepare for themselves.
So I'd ask that you'd help me honor my grandma and all the other grandmas and grandpas out there who benefit from Meals on Wheels by making a donation toward my goal of raising $1,000 for Meals on Wheels in the Walk to End Hunger.
And as is tradition, I'm proposing a physical challenge for myself on the way to meeting this goal. This year it will again involved jumping rope, but I'll be doing it in the Meals on Wheels costume - 1 minute for every $100 raised. If you want to see the costume, take a look our Meals on Wheels team page.
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