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Charleston volunteers deliver hot meals, helping hand during winter chill

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - As Lowcountry temperatures dipped below the freezing mark, Meals on Wheels of Charleston offered its normal hot meals, while also offering a helping hand to Charleston seniors.

Daily, as many as fifty volunteers make drops to in-bound seniors from the Cooper River to the Edisto River.

Volunteers with the program also check to make sure clients are comfortable and safe.

Louis Greene, a volunteer of more than two years, says the daily drops can be challenging, but finds his reward in showing area seniors someone cares.

"When you go in and see the conditions a lot of people are living in, your heart goes out to them," Greene said.

"They're so appreciative of the things and services we provide."

Jewell Miller Mikell, 87, who receives the service in West Ashley, says the two have developed a relationship, and now considers Greene another member in her family.

"There's a great concern there," she said.  "We just love him."

In 2011, Meals on Wheels of Charleston delivered nearly 124,000 meals.  Clients are referred to the service, and often live in substandard housing or have serious health conditions with little or no family support.

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