Stories of lives impacted by Meals on Wheels

Meet Ms. Christine

Ms. Christine

“The volunteers who bring our meals deserve a lot of credit!”  This is how Ms. Christine felt about Meals on Wheels being delivered to her home.  Born and raised in Abbeville, she married her husband who drove a milk truck.  “I married the milkman,” she says with a big smile.  Altogether she has two sons and one daughter, along with 5 grandchildren.  Her son Gary came by often and checked in on her.

Ms. Christine was a dietician working primarily in schools for 23 years and retired after working in Ninety Six.  As a member of First Presbyterian Church in Greenwood for a long time, she spent many younger years working with youth and children.  “I loved working with young people.” 

One thing she whole heartedly believed in is that we should all be thankful for what we have and says, “I leave everything in God’s hands.”  Without a doubt, she was very thankful for her meal being delivered and always enjoyed talking to the volunteers whom she calls “wonderful.” “I just love Meals on Wheels …you can’t beat it!”

Meet Mr. Leonard

Mr. Leonard

You could say Mr. Leonard was the agency’s spokesman. His face was put on a billboard back during our 3 million meals served celebration in 2009. He had just celebrated his 98th birthday and was living independently in his home in Greenwood.  He was born with a green thumb and enjoyed growing many different vegetables in his garden, in particular onions, tomatoes, and collards. He enjoyed sitting in his porch swing and was able to get around with the help of a beautiful hand-made cane he created from his own crape myrtle tree.   Leonard’s family lived nearby and wanted him to keep his independence as long as possible.  His daughter, Linda appreciates Meals on Wheels very much.  “I have the reassurance he gets checked on every day and receives a good, hot meal,” says Linda.