United Way partner agency Council on Aging manages the Meals on Wheels program for Henderson County, which last year delivered over 65,000 nutritious meals to county residents who are homebound. We recently received this story from them about one of their volunteers, affectionately nicknamed "Goody."
Goody has been a stalwart Meals on Wheels volunteer for the last three years. As a substitute driver, he would often be available 3-5 days a week to fill in on whatever route was needed. Some of the routes cover 40-50 miles in winding, back-country roads. Goody would do them all, happily serving those in need in our community.
Unfortunately, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Goody was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He lives in an area that historically has had a large wait list for Meals on Wheels, sometimes requiring a wait of up to a year. Thankfully with funding from United Way, the Council on Aging has recently been able to expand the Meals on Wheels program by adding four new routes, including the area that serves Goody.
"When our friend and volunteer Goody asked for personal help from Meals on Wheels, we were glad to be able to provide immediate support to Goody in his battle against cancer," said Keith Logan, Executive Director of the Council on Aging. "This is a great story of one who so faithfully served who now is grateful to be served."
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