Delivery Volunteers Do More Than Drop Off Food


UPDATED: Tuesday January 22, 2013 5:46 PM

In frigid weather, it’s more important to check on elderly neighbors and family members.

Bob Murray, who is a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program in Delaware County, said he does a lot more than deliver meals to senior citizens.

“You’ll find the drivers are sometimes the only contact some of these folks have during the day,” Murray said.

In the extreme cold, he said that he makes sure his clients, like 88-year-old Robert Hawkins, are warm.

“I stay warm here with the heater, my furnace is right here,” Hawkins said.

The World War II veteran said that he does not plan to move very far from his heat source.

Officials said that it is important for senior citizens to remember to dress warmly even for a quick trip to the mailbox, because they are more susceptible to hypothermia.

“Some of the folks, when you get up to 85 or 86, their blood temperature isn’t quite as thick as it was, so they need to keep it a little warmer,” Murray said.

Hawkins said that he was happy to have Murray’s help. Both the fleece jacket and the quilt on his bed were gifts from Hawkins.

The associate director of the Council for Older Adults said that roughly 500 Delaware County seniors receive hot meals through the agency’s programs.

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