November 30, 2021

Thanksgiving meals delivered to seniors spending holiday alone in Marin County

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) — In San Rafael, volunteers lined up in their vehicles Thursday morning to pick-up heat, Thanksgiving meals to ship to individuals in want all through Marin County.

The nonprofit Vivalon, in partnership with Meals on Wheels, calls this “Operation Thanksgiving.” They made certain anybody alone and in want of a meal on Thursday may get one.

“The people who are getting meals today are homebound, older adults who don’t have the ability to do their own grocery shopping. They are alone on Thanksgiving Day,” Anne Gray, Vivalon’s CEO, instructed ABC7 Information.

Gray mentioned the volunteers delivered greater than 150 meals on Thursday.

“We have about 40 cars that are coming in, filled with families, grandparents, grandchildren, husband and wives, son and dad,” Gray mentioned. “We’ve had every mixture of families to have this great experience together.”

Nancy Stevens determined to volunteer for the primary time after years of giving monetary donations to “Meals on Wheels.”

“This is the first year where I thought, why don’t I get involved, involved instead of just sending money,” Stevens mentioned. “So, I’m really excited…it will be the highlight of my day.”

Jeanne Kraft and her husband Chris additionally signed up to ship meals.

“We’re really grateful,” Kraft mentioned. “We feels so privileged in life, so we want to give back. We’re happy to do it.”

Every meal included all the standard thanksgiving dishes — turkey, stuffing, potatoes and a candy dessert — in addition to a hand-made “Happy Thanksgiving” card made by native Lady Scouts.

“Hopefully it will feel like home for them even if they’re alone,” Gray mentioned.

ABC7 Information adopted volunteer Nicole Levintow and her accomplice, David, as they made a supply to Katie Herlevic, a 73-year-old lady who lives alone in Novato.

“It’s just, I can’t express the gratitude I feel to get Meals on Wheels,” Herlevic mentioned. “Especially on a day when I would have been alone.”

It was a reminder on this Thanksgiving that easy gesture can go a great distance.

“It’s really our community health, it’s about our social health, it’s about their nutritional health,” Levintow mentioned. “It’s really, what can you do to make someone’s day better, someone’s week better?”

For Herlevic, she mentioned it actually makes a distinction.

“I’m really happy today,” she mentioned. “Thank you.”