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They served their country and community – now it’s their turn

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Lisa Middents headshot 2018Lisa Middents

Reminding ourselves and the community why Meals on Wheels matters is an important part of getting ready for the 2018 Walkathon in April. I am grateful to John and Donna Shippee for allowing me to interview them recently when they got their meal delivery from their volunteer driver, Alan Coutinho.

Donna leans forward and welcomes me right into her cozy living room and makes a place for me to sit on her couch decorated with colorful stuffed kitties and bunnies. “I really enjoy the Meals on Wheels. Those that are working and put them together,” says Donna, “I wish them all the best because they’ve done a beautiful job.”

Feb 2018 MOW Walk Box Shippees photoJohn and Donna Shippee deeply appreciate getting Meals on Wheels. When we interviewed her and her husband in their home, Donna said, “I’m thrilled because I’ve often wanted to say something about the meals.” When I ask what it might be like if they couldn’t get Meals on Wheels, Donna replies, “Well, we would probably manage, but very, very tight.”

John agrees that without the program, they would “eat a lot of sandwiches.”

If any couple deserves the healthy variety of a hot meal and the security of a friendly wellness check by their volunteer driver, John and Donna certainly do. John donated many hours of his time volunteering as a Meals on Wheels driver, and Donna used to accompany him on his route. John also served for 14 years in the military, some army, some air force, and spent a year in combat in Korea from December 1950-51, “the coldest winter they had over there,” he says. “And so I’m proud that I could make [it] through that and get back and enjoy the United States again.” He’s careful to make the point that Donna is no stranger to service. She volunteered at the Buckland-Shelburne regional school cafeteria and at the VA hospital in Leeds.

You are invited to make sure elders like John and Donna who need Meals on Wheels can get them in 2018. Contact Carol Foote at (413) 773-5555, ext. 2225, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or click here. The Meals on Wheels Walkathon is on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at LifePath, 101 Munson Street, Greenfield. Together we can support our treasured elders in 2018!