Originally created 11/28/02

Program seeks holiday help



AIKEN - Without volunteers, many shut-ins would face the holidays in isolation and hunger.

The Aiken Area Council on Aging is trying to make sure that doesn't happen.

The organization's Meals on Wheels program has about 225 people who help take hot lunches to the county's senior citizens.

But the group is in need of additional volunteers who can grab a cooler and distribute a few meals to their neighbors.

"We're always in need, especially in the Gloverville-Warrenville-Valley area," program coordinator Dianne Logan said.

"Sometimes the volunteers are the only human contact that person has that day."

She said it takes at least six volunteers to open a new route.

Susan Edwards is one of the group's volunteers who works substitute routes. She said she got involved to teach her young sons, Andrew and Phillip, the value of serving others.

"I'm really trying to get my children involved in community service," she said.

Ms. Logan said churches have traditionally helped Meals on Wheels fill in many of the gaps.

On Wednesday, as the kitchen prepared turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes and peas to be packaged and delivered, Ms. Logan said church groups already were getting ready for today.

On Thanksgiving Day, the churches take over so Meals on Wheels volunteers can take a day off.

Reach Eric Williamson at (803) 279-6895 or eric.williamson@augustachronicle.com.

LEND A HAND

For more information on volunteering with Meals on Wheels, contact Dianne Logan at 648-5447.