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Meals on Wheels looking for volunteers

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Meals on Wheels is in need of local volunteers to help serve hot meals to senior citizens.

Mark Kempf has made a difference for hundreds of people the last seven years.

"Every once in awhile Mark will give me a good hug," says a client of Meals on Wheels.

Kempf drives at least one route a day, serving 10-15 hot meals on each route.

"I like seeing the smile you bring people, it's like you change peoples lives and it's great to be the person that does that," says Kempf.

Kempf is a disabled veteran suffering with a brain injury, but he doesn't allow that to hold him back when it comes to serving our community.

"My heart grows everyday, I get more confidence in everything that I do from seeing the help I bring people," says Kempf.
 
President and CEO of Meals on Wheels here in Tyler, Mike Powell, says it's volunteers like Kempf that make the program a success.

"For many of these clients, it's the only person that they see everyday. So these clients are extremely isolated, they're all living alone and they at least get to visit with somebody for two or three minutes when the meal is delivered," says Powell.

But with the increase of gas prices Powell says it has decreased the number of volunteers.

"If an individual has the ability to give a couple hours a week, or a couple hours every other week it's a pretty simple process you just come in, and pick up their meals. We have a route written for them and they just follow directions, go out and deliver to their clients and then their finished," explained Powell.

Three thousand meals are served a day in 6 East Texas counties a day. Volunteers will serve anywhere from10 to 15 hot meals on their daily routes.

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