Volunteers spend Thanksgiving Day delivering meals to needy

Volunteers spend Thanksgiving Day delivering meals to needy

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Delivering a hot meal and a warm smile to Knoxville's senior citizens was more than just a continuation of a Thanksgiving tradition for 130 volunteers. It was a day to make new memories. Delivering a hot meal and a warm smile to Knoxville's senior citizens was more than just a continuation of a Thanksgiving tradition for 130 volunteers. It was a day to make new memories.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - For the Odom family, delivering a hot meal and a warm smile to Knoxville's senior citizens has become a Thanksgiving tradition.

"This is our ninth year doing it as a family," said Chris Odom.

Chris Odom and his daughter, Emily, 19, and Abbie, 16, along with 130 other volunteers making deliveries and memories this Thanksgiving. 

"We still talk about ladies from our first year, we still remember them and remember them saying how much it meant to them, and I just love that," said Emily Odom.

On holidays the visits are especially meaningful for seniors like Sybil Boykin.

"It's special to me because I don't have anywhere to go," said Boykin.

Boykin is 93 years old and can no longer cook for herself. She and about 500 other seniors usually spend Thanksgiving alone. That's where Mobile Meals and an army of volunteers steps in.

"We can't do it without the community and the community steps up. It means everything to us, and means everything to our clients," said Alison Taylor, the manager for Mobile Meals' senior nutrition program.

Taylor organizes the effort to bring a healthy and hot thanksgiving meal to those in need.

"It's glazed ham, sweet potatoes, vegetables and desserts," Taylor said of the meals going out to more than 500 Mobile Meal clients.

But it's more than just a meal. It's a smile and even a card on this Thanksgiving Day.

"I'm just thankful that I can be here and my neighbors are all good to me, I'm just so thankful for everything," said Boykin with a smile.

As the Odom's finish up deliveries and head off to their own Thanksgiving meal, they say they're thankful for the memories they have made as a family.

"We're very blessed, we have two places we'll go later," Chris Odom said. "And this morning's deliveries will be something well enjoy the rest of the day."

You can sign up to volunteer on the Mobile Meals website.

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