CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - East Cooper Meals on Wheels partnered with Charleston Harbour Club to provide Thanksgiving dinners to hundreds of people Thursday.
More than 50 community volunteers packed and delivered four meals to each client, including a traditional turkey dinner, to cover the Thanksgiving weekend. Meals on Wheels services anyone who is homebound, regardless of age or income.
Christ Church Mount Pleasant also helped provide meals, and volunteers packed them up all that morning.
"We witnessed individuals throughout the community and local organizations coming together to make this possible for those most in need during the holiday season," said Kim Sawyer, Marketing and Communications Manager with East Cooper Meals on Wheels.
Several volunteers brought their kids along to teach them the value of serving others, especially on a holiday.
Emma Grace Ladd was one of the children helping make the nearly 1,000 meals. "Thanksgiving is about everybody coming together and having a fun time."
We rode along with volunteer Phil Weakman on his route. Several of the clients were surprised and excited to see him on Thanksgiving.
"I wasn't expecting them on a holiday," said Larry Misskelley . "It's a wonderful program for people like me that don't have a car. And I can't get out to get anything too much. They are just absolutely wonderful."
In 2015, East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivered more than 147,000 meals, an average of 395 per day on weekdays. They also help with additional weekend meals. About 450 recipients are involved in the program. 86% of them are 60 years old or older. They are not
charged and there is currently no waiting list.
For more information about volunteering or signing up, visit www.ecmow.org or call 843-881-9350.