January 14, 2014
Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 7:48 AM EDT
“My wife was failing so she didn't cook anymore and I'm just a terrible cook. I signed up and been doing it ever since,” Heckmiller said.
Meals on Wheels delivered a meal to David's Orchard Park home every day. On Monday, volunteer Paul Barnstorf and his wife did the honors.
“I felt like it was a way to give back to the community and maybe brighten somebody's day,” Barnstorf said.
Here's how it works. The meals are dropped off at one of the 25 sites across Western New York. Volunteers come and pick those meals up. Then, they drive to the client’s home to make the deliver. The organization is looking for more people like Paul to help out.
“There is a need for volunteer. It takes an hour a day during the week. We need both drivers and deliverers. We put the volunteers at a site that is close to their home or work,” Rachel Leidenfrost with Meals on Wheels said.
Barnstorf said it is not only about the delivery.
“Sometimes people will ask you to do little favors. I have one woman who could never change the light bulbs in her basement so I do it and it makes me feel like I accomplished something for someone else,” Barnstorf said.
Leidenfrost said friendship goes a long way.
“Speak with the clients for a few minutes and see what is going on in their lives so they have some companionship to go along with the nourishment they are getting,” Leidenfrost said.
As for Mr. Heckmiller he says it's a necessity and a great way to keep his appetite and spirits up.
“It’s nice to help the elderly,” Heckmiller said.
It makes the volunteers feel good, too.
“It's a fulfilling job for me. It makes me feel better and it's something to look forward to and it's a goal,” Barnstorf said.
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