TLC Meals on Wheels Stories and Testimonials
Helping Disabled Pet Owners
Recently, we established a program to assist disabled pet owners with their veterinary expenses—whether preventative or remedial. One of our clients has requested such assistance for her 13-year-old dog, who, she says, once drove off someone who was assaulting her. She’s not the only client who has shed tears of gratitude when one of our drivers brings pet food and a toy for a dog or cat. Pets add to an individual’s cost of living, but they add even more to their quality of life. So we’re glad we can help lonely people keep a pet.
Meal Delivery is just a Starting Point
Last month, one of our volunteers discovered an elderly woman lying on the floor, unable to get up. After calling for an ambulance, which took our client to a nearby hospital, the volunteer heard the paramedic say, “If you hadn’t been here, she would have died.” The meal recipient was able to return home a few days later. As we say, “Meal delivery is just the starting point.”
We Provide More Than A Meal
The other day a social worker came up to me with a story about a woman who, until recently, was one of our meal recipients. The woman has dementia but was living alone and neglecting her health. Eventually she was taken to a hospital, and now she lives in a group home, where she can receive the close supervision she requires. She also participates in a day program for persons with developmental disabilities, one of our partners in delivering meals. The social worker had tears in her eyes as she told me, “The only thing that kept this woman from dying before she went to the hospital was the food your program provided and the daily check-up by your volunteers. Today she’s alive and even feisty!”
The out-of-town son of a client who recently passed away said, “I owe you guys a huge, huge, huge debt of gratitude. You made such a difference in my life. Please let everybody at TLC know how grateful I am for what you did for my father and the fact that you were there every day for him.” Preparing and delivering good lunches to persons who are homebound due to age, illness, or disability remains our top priority. Nutrition is very important, but “delivery” builds caring relationships.
“You saved my life!”
One of our clients has told us, several times, “You’ve saved my life!” She is referring to her experience in losing her income at a time when she was having some serious health problems, including some understandable depression. The daily balanced meal and friendly visit have meant so much to her.
Although our volunteers’ visits are brief, sometimes their presence is just what a meal recipient needs. Recently two drivers who were delivering a meal to a woman found her on the verge of unconsciousness due to diabetes. They made sure she ate some of the fruit they had brought so that she could wake up and assure them that she would be okay. They called our office so we could follow up with her that afternoon. The woman they helped called the next day to express her heartfelt appreciation for their involvement.
You are good people – good food – good meals. Thank you very much!
Angel [my dog] and I want to thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness. Angel enjoyed the food you sent and it came at just the right time so she could enjoy Labor Day lunch with the rest of us.
Thank you so much generously giving of your time, health, good cheer, and thanks to the special volunteers who provide poinsettias, personal items, socks, crocheted lap robes, pill holder/reminder, cards to send out, coffee/tea cup, and so on. My husband appreciates it all, and especially the warm, we-balanced lunches! Very important to his general nutrition, physical and psychological!
Thank you for providing this service. My mother needs the additional daily contact as well as the meal. I don’t know what we would do without you.
Everybody found me. They all are so nice. I do like a big smile! Love the scallop potatoes. . . . Thanks for helping me.
I wanted to thank you for my birthday card. We wanted to thank you for our Christmas. Lee thanks you for his big box—a blanket sack, juice. Thank you all for helping me make my son’s Christmas better this Christmas. He’s been so sick this year. We didn’t think he was going to make it until Christmas. He is sick all the time. Thanks so much.
I can’t begin to describe how appreciative I was of our ’12 Days of Christmas’ gifts. the poinsettia was (and still is) beautiful. And I even appreciated the Kleenex. It came at a time I was about to run out! And then yesterday, you even made up for the snow day. You certainly didn’t have to do it. And I want you to thank all the children who made the cards and decorated the bags. I displayed them ALL.
“I would like to say ‘Thank you’ to TLC Meals and its staff. The meals and the services catered during lunchtime on weekdays the last four months were outstanding. They were truly tender, loving, and caring.
“The meals were health wise oriented: with lots of fruits and vegetables and low sodium, just what the doctors ordered. The services were superb as your staff delivered the meals on time and with big smiles.
“Most importantly, the meals and the balanced nutrition helped me regain some of my muscle strength and motivated me to continue exercise with enthusiasm. In addition, the delivered meals lighten the tasks for my husband who was taking care of me and was already overwhelmed with house chores.”
Thank you so much for the bags of groceries you kindly sent yesterday. I am so very grateful and appreciative of your thoughtfulness.