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Elderly And Homebound Not Forgotten On Thanksgiving

Bob Eccles

The holidays can be a sad time for the elderly and the home-bound, but Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is making sure they can look forward to a hot meal and some good company.

Executive Director Alison Foreman says 26 families will each deliver three to five meals Thursday.  She says that's up from the number of families who volunteered to help last year.

"The word's getting out that if you want to start your Thanksgiving or your Christmas or your new year's day off with a bit of volunteering folks do know where to come," Foreman says.  "We have some families that have been volunteering with Meals on Wheels for over 20 years."

Foreman says some volunteers even return to Ypsilanti from out of town to help over the holidays. 

About 100 clients will receive meals on Thanksgiving, and for over half of them this may be the only contact they have with the outside world that day.

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels holds its 18th Historic Home Tour fundraiser December 6 and 7.

The $20,000 they hope to raise will help them move forward with plans to deliver clients two meals a day, rather than just one.

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