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Local kids care about elders

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Sadie Ross, 12, and Leo Franceschi, 13, have been helping to raise money together to support Meals on Wheels since the third grade.

“We usually do this tag sale to benefit a cause,” says Leo, “and this year we chose the Meals on Wheels program. We sold donuts and coffee and raised, ah-”

Sadie jumps in. “It was over $200!”

April 2017 MOW Walk Box Leo Sadie photoLeo Franceschi and Sadie Ross with their buddy Will Bradbury-Carlin (middle) held a tag sale in October to benefit Meals on Wheels.Meals on Wheels is an important cause to these kids because they can imagine what it would mean to an elder who may be at home alone to receive a hot meal and a friendly check-in from a volunteer driver.

“With all the elders in mind, it really inspires you to help them, to do something great and this is just such a great program,” says Sadie. “You can kind of picture these people that are happy because they’re getting meals, and it’s just such a great, great feeling.”

Leo and Sadie also love going to the Meals on Wheels Walkathon together each spring.

“It’s a community event where you get to see other people and do fun things,” says Leo.

“I agree,” says Sadie. “I love seeing all the different ages come together to just help people. It’s a really great thing to watch, and it’s a really great thing to be part of. It makes you feel really great!

You can help raise money for Meals on Wheels like Leo and Sadie, too! For the 25th anniversary of the Meals on Wheels Walkathon, Greenfield Savings Bank is adding a $25 bonus to all pledges that walkers gather, up to $7,000. Make a donation, sign up as a walker, or create a walk team online or call Carol Foote, development manager, at 413-773-5555 x2225 or 978-544-2259 x2225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..