Meals on Wheels brings community to house-bound seniors
RAPID CITY, S.D. – An organization that delivers food to the home-bound brought them a treat – community.
Meals on Wheels brought people together for its annual Holiday Open House at the Minneluzahan Senior Center on Friday.
About 60 people enjoyed burgers, veggies and chocolate cake provided by the program. Attendees dined alongside friends, and Common Council members Ritchie Nordstrom and Jason Salamun shared in the buffet with the seniors.
Visitors learned about the Meals on Wheels mission by reading placards on each table. The cards connected readers to individual volunteers and the support they provide to those unable to leave their homes for the holidays.
George Larson, executive director of Meals on Wheels Western South Dakota, said the gathering encouraged diners to make connections with others.
“Meals on Wheels is all about reconnecting seniors to the community – whether it be through volunteers visiting their home, whether they have people coming together at a dining room, like here at Minneluzahan,” Larson said. “It’s just a chance to see why we do it and as well as to say ‘thank you’ to those people that are making it possible.”
A raffle drawing was held for poinsettia plants donated by Jolly Lane Florals.
Meals on Wheels also announced a partnership with Subaru for their Share the Love event.