The ads we put in the Sawyer County Record, Sawyer County Gazette and on Facebook were used to create awareness of the Share the Love Campaign and to engage the community, to give to our Meals on Wheels recipients. Much to my surprise, I started getting phone calls from people saying they saw the ad and wanted to apply to be a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels. I was confused, I had not put a help wanted ad in, but we can ALWAYS use more volunteer drivers! Not only did we get people who donated gifts, cash and items for our baskets that were delivered, but we also now have some new Meals on Wheels drivers also!!! BONUS
Senior Resource Center News by Linda Hand, Executive Director
The Senior Resource Center has partnered with Meals on Wheels America, supported by Subaru, to Share the Love this 2015 Holiday Season.
This local effort is part of Meals on Wheels America’s annual participation in Subaru’s national year-end Share the Love Event. For every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 19, 2015, through January 2, 2016, Subaru will donate $250 to the purchaser’s choice of participating charity – one of which being Meals on Wheels America. By the end of this year, Subaru and its retailers will have donated more than $65 million to charity through the Share the Love Event. As a member of the Meals on Wheels America, the Senior Resource Center has the opportunity to earn grants of up to $20,000, by participating in a local Share the Love campaign. This can provide an extra layer of support to help deliver nutritious meals and other important services to seniors in Sawyer County.
November 19, 2015 was the kickoff of our Share the Love Campaign. We were very much feeling the love that day, since a local organic farmer called and told me that we could harvest everything left at the farm, before the freeze. Mud boots on, we were out there picking, digging and packing the vehicle to the top. Back at the Hayward center, volunteers began cleaning the veggies for distribution to the outlying rural sites, to be used for senior meals and Meals on Wheels in Sawyer County. We are very blessed and look forward to the many upcoming #sharethelove events in store for us at the Senior Resource Center and our outlying sites in Exeland, Stone Lake, Winter and Spider Lake from now until January 2, 2016. Future events include partnering with the Hayward Food Shelf who has put together emergency food bags for our Meals on Wheels recipients, in case of bad weather or power outages and we will be erecting Sharing Trees at each of our sites, so community members and/or groups can purchase Christmas gifts for our Meals on Wheels participants.
About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
We were feeling the love on November 19th with the generous donation from a local organic farmer, who allowed us to take all that was left, before snow started the next day.
The Hayward Community Food Shelf “Shared the Love” with our Meals on Wheels participants by donating/putting together 3 day emergency food boxes to be distributed to all of our Meals on Wheels recipients in case of bad weather or power outage. All items were picked for shelf life, ease of opening and items that could be eaten without heating. We also included a high intensity LED Flashlight that is magnetic to put on fridge and also has a hook for hands free lighting. Thank you to their board for organizing this!
Thanks to Carl & Carol Vierck, who donated their time to #sharethelove at the Exeland Senior Center by decorating the Christmas tree and the outside window boxes!
Linda & Bill Milner were out delivering surprise gifts to the Meals on Wheels recipients in the Exeland area for the Share the Love campaign.
On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, women of the Exeland American Legion Post 425 Auxiliary packed fruit baskets that were delivered to the Meals on Wheels recipients.
On Thursday, December 17, 2015 Lynda Gordon and Lois Ladenthin packaged candy that was donated by various community members to be delivered with the meals to the Meals on Wheels recipients from the Exeland Senior Center, in support of the #sharethelove
Joyce Zaspel and Dave Smith were welcoming people at the Hayward Senior Center, to explain the Sharing Tree and why the Senior Resource Center was Sharing the Love throughout Sawyer County – as they stood under the mistletoe!
The Hayward Advisory Committee, headed up by Betty Hutchinson, created this wonderful holiday gift basket to raise money and awareness of our Share the Love campaign. All money was donated to the Meals on Wheels program.
Joyce Zaspel is displaying a beautiful holiday runner that was donated by Pat Odenbreit and Betty Verdegan, who have been making/donating beautiful items for our fundraisers to raffle. They created this very special one for our Share the Love raffle basket for Meals on Wheels. Pat also works through the Walmart volunteer program and for volunteer hours that she provides to us they make cash donations to us, which has totaled over $1000 thus far!
The 2015 Senior Snow King & Queen Archie and Betty Hutchinson were in the Lure of Lights Parade representing the Senior Resource Center. They are HUGE supporters of the Senior Resource Center and our programs. They #sharethelove every day with our community and our mission to fight isolation and hunger of seniors throughout Sawyer County! Betty also Shared the Love by visiting people in the nursing home, who can not get out to our activities!
What a “Wonderful Life” and meal were made available at the Hayward Senior Center today! Extra special raffles, music and even a surprise visit from Santa, bring treats for everyone. Thank you to all that attended and mostly to our EXTRA special cooks – Barb Applebee, Tony MacIntosh and Marge Klaver. These 3 put out over 36 Meals on Wheels deliveries and then they had over 80 reservations for the meal at the Hayward Senior Center. #sharethelove to help fight isolation and hunger of seniors throughout Sawyer County