Volunteers bring food and check in on neighbors ahead of possible blizzard

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin — Volunteers at Sheboygan County’s Meal on Wheels acted quickly Thursday morning to deliver food to neighbors’ homes before a possible snowstorm.

Jerry Henning and Marie Henning have been volunteering with nonprofit organizations for over a decade.

“When you see the smiles on the faces of some of these people, it’s worth it. I’m sure it does as much for us as it does for them,” Gerry said. rice field.

Their dedication to helping others is important, as a snowstorm is likely to approach.

“Making the decision to close or not is a very difficult one. For the holiday weekend, we need to deliver as much food as possible and make sure everyone is safe during the holidays. We knew,” said CEO Allison. Thompson.

Thompson explained that the decision to stay open or close is difficult for two reasons. They should consider whether staff can safely arrive by 6:30 a.m. and whether volunteers can handle the physical demands of meal delivery while traveling.

The non-profit organization has 60 volunteers in addition to its staff. Thompson says he serves 8,000 meals a month.

Due to the potential impact of the storm, Thompson said he was trying to make sure extra food was delivered to customers staying at home.

But their job is more than just serving food.

“The important part, in addition to the meal, is a visit from a live person. ‘How are you today? How are you?’ They notice if the heat is not working.

“They really are angels,” said client Claudia Brix.

Brick spent his career as a teacher. She is now one of her 370 people whom this non-profit provides meals each week.

“Hmm, this looks like some kind of cranberry,” Brix said.

While battling health problems, Brix has difficulty moving around, even using his hands, and the cold makes it difficult.

For her, the nonprofit was a blessing.

“They’re all great people and they care about other people. I think they need more these days.”

If you would like to volunteer or donate, please visit the Fresh Meals On Wheels website.

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