Kristi’s Update

We seem to be at that season of the year when time moves at hyper-speed, even when we’re personally plodding along at quicksand pace. The next holiday seems to arrive before I’ve fully cleaned up from the previous one!

This year during the month of November, I used our Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels Facebook page to take time to reflect on things for which our agency is grateful. It didn’t take long to realized that the 30 days of November were not nearly enough to thank all the people, private companies, foundations, and service organizations who contribute their time, treasure, & talent to Meals on Wheels. We wouldn’t exist without them.

It seems that nearly every month, our newsletter reports about the incredible volunteers at Meals on Wheels, but so much of our success starts with them. Although we have a small paid staff who are in place to kind of keep things moving, our 400+ volunteers are really the heart and soul of who we are and what we accomplish. Our volunteers are the faces our clients see, and we couldn’t be more proud to be represented by them!

As we continue in this holiday season, I hope you’ll take a minute to thank the volunteers who deliver your food or check you in at a dining center, who set the tables and clean up the dishes, who make your sandwich or handle your paperwork. Each and every volunteer is a special and valuable part of our Meals on Wheels team. They are dedicated and dependable, caring and kind. And even during this hectic time of the year, we know we can count on their service.

Happy Holidays to you all!

Kristi Thien

Nutrition Services Director

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