Volunteers from Mobile Meals were out in full force on Thursday delivering Thanksgiving dinners to seniors. Their goal was to make the holiday special for people in our community who have challenges getting a hot meal. 

“If we can help someone else, then that’s what we want to do,” said Jackie and Robert Ballard, who volunteers for Mobile Meals. 

The Ballards give their time to the organization that serves daily meals to homebound seniors of Knox County who live alone and can’t prepare food for themselves. On Thursday, their first stop along the delivery route was Cheryl Cowan’s home. 

 “I don’t know what I would have done without Mobile Meals to feed me every day, I really don’t,” said Cheryl Cowan, a client of Mobile Meals. 

A traditional ham meal is what Cheryl has been looking forward to this Thanksgiving. She doesn’t cook much anymore and she appreciates people taking the time out of their holiday to serve a meal and provide companionship on a day that can leave so many feeling lonely and isolated.

“I am here by myself every day, most of the time,” said Cowan. 

Volunteers say it’s a good deed that is worth the reward. 

“To go into her home and to see how excited she is to get her meals, we love doing it,” said Jackie Ballard. 

Robert added, “We get blessed more than we bless. Just seeing the people.”

For Thanksgiving, Mobile Meals served 490 Knox County seniors on 60 volunteer routes.

For more information about how to donate or volunteer opportunities, visit www.knoxseniors.org, email knoxooa@knoxseniors.org or call 865-524-2786.