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This will be my fourth year walking in the Walk to End Hunger. My first year I wondered, How am I ever going to get up from my warm, cozy bed at 5:45 a.m. on a dark, cold November morning and be at the Mall of America by 7:00 a.m.? I found, though, that if I went to bed earlier, took my shower the night before, laid out my clothes, made the coffee ahead of time, and set two alarms, I could do it. (It also helps that I live not too far from the Mall.) I discovered that the nippy air was refreshing and that walking with my teammates energized me for the rest of the day.
I participate in the Walk to End Hunger to raise money so that South Minneapolis Meals on Wheels can continue serving elderly and disabled residents of our community who have difficulty preparing a nutritious meal for themselves. For example, I think of R.T., a new client. R.T. is a 93-year-old gentleman who lives alone in his own house. When I first met him, he had just returned home from a stay in the hospital. R.T. told me he was determined to take better care of himself by exercising and eating better (especially eating more fruits and vegetables) so he wouldn't end up back in the hospital. He was happy that while he was away his granddaughter had signed him up for Meals on Wheels. "It's just what I need," he said.
I have been a volunteer with South Minneapolis Meals on Wheels for many years. I know that the money we charge private-pay clients like R.T. ($5.00 per meal) and the money we receive from the county for clients on Medical Assistance does not cover program expenses such as employee salaries, insurance, and equipment. We need to participate in fundraisers such as Walk to End Hunger to keep our program going. I hope you will join me on November 22 by walking with our team ($25) or by donating to South Minneapolis Meals on Wheels (any amount).
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