WENY News - Meals on Wheels spreads holiday joy to the homebound

Meals on Wheels spreads holiday joy to the homebound

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Meals on Wheels of Chemung County is stuffing stockings and meal bags to be delivered to the homebound for the holiday season.

"We have some clients that are with family, which is great for them," said Chemung County Meals on Wheels Executive Director, Darlene Ike. "But these are the clients that are still homebound and cannot get to families."

They're partnering with Simmons Rockwell as a part of the dealership's "Share the Love" event. 

"This is our sixth year participating," said Simmons Rockwell Sales Director, Mike Strobel. "We donate money through the sales of Subaru and Simmons Rockwell. We hope to raise over a hundred thousand dollars this year for both Steuben and Chemung County Meals on Wheels and today our staff from Simmons Rockwell is here actually going house to house and delivering meals on wheels today."

Each homebound person around the county will receive a stocking full of goodies from personal items to hand-knitted scarves.

As for the meal, they'll be able to enjoy ham with pineapple sauce and all the trimmings. 

"We know that for a lot of the clients that we serve meals to, we're their only contact," said Ike. "So imagine being at home every day and having no one to talk to. We're their contact that they have. We're their connection with the community and we just let them know that they're not forgotten."

For several years, Meals on Wheels has been serving up special holiday treats for the homebound, 

But for some residents in Chemung County, their generosity around the holiday season means everything.

"We get calls from people saying this is their only Christmas gift that they get," said Ike. "We're just thrilled that the community really stepped up this year. Normally we deliver just stockings. There was enough items donated this year that we had to do stockings and red bags also."

Officials from Chemung County Meals on Wheels say they'll be serving about one-hundred and eighty residents in the Southern Tier. 

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