Mobile Meals becomes Christmas tradition for volunteers

Mobile Meals becomes Christmas tradition for volunteers

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Some volunteers from Mobile Meals visited one homebound senior on Christmas, bringing her a warm meal and a Christmas present. Some volunteers from Mobile Meals visited one homebound senior on Christmas, bringing her a warm meal and a Christmas present.
Each senior receiving a meal on Christmas will also get a bag of presents in this bag is everything from blankets to puzzles. All these items were donated by the community. Each senior receiving a meal on Christmas will also get a bag of presents in this bag is everything from blankets to puzzles. All these items were donated by the community.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Around 150 volunteers took time to deliver meals and gifts to seniors in Knox County on Christmas day.

The mobile meals kitchen has been bustling with activity and volunteers brought holiday cheer. Gene Bird and his wife have been volunteering with mobile meals for four years. On Christmas their children joined them to deliver the hot meals.

"We love God. We love others and we serve so this is an opportunity to put all this into place," said Bird.

Mobile Meals serves around 850 homebound seniors in Knox County. According to Mobile Meals Program Manager Alison Taylor, each day the non-profit normally has around 70 volunteers delivering meals a day for Christmas around 150 people were on hand to help out.

"It teaches the kids about giving back to the community it's pretty special this is a community event," said Taylor.

Each senior receiving a meal on Christmas will also get a bag of presents in this bag is everything from blankets to puzzles. All these items were donated by the community.

The volunteers do more than just deliver hot meals. They make sure the seniors are safe especially in the cold weather. The Bird family made a Christmas day mobile meal delivery to Jane Stegall.

"It is a great program it really is. Most of us when we are getting older can't get out and do like we used to so this is great thank you so much," said Stegall.

Stegall looks forward to the mobile meals deliveries saying the volunteers also provide companionship.

"It's great it really is. You're not so lonesome. It's just the two of us here with the cat and the dog," said Stegall.

For more information on Mobile Meals program call their office at (865) 524-2786 or visit its website.

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