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10/23/06-Tyler

Delivery Drivers Needed For Meals On Wheels Ministry

A service, thousands of East Texans rely on, needs your help.  "Meals on Wheels Ministry" in Tyler is an organization that feeds home bound residents in 10 East Texas counties.   The organization is in dire need of delivery drivers.   "Meal on Wheels Ministry" dishes out more than 4,000 meals each day, five days a week.  

95 year old Martha Tucker is one of those residents who depends on the organization. Martha says they are the best cooks in the world.

"They have to cook for all these people, some have teeth and some don't. Some people can't have sugar or salt and whatever it is they please everybody," says Martha.

Dianne Castle is the Director of Volunteers for "Meal on Wheels Ministry" and says in order to cater to the needs of East Texans more volunteers are needed.

"Right now I probably have around 325 volunteers and I need another 100 to fill all of the routes that I have open," says Castle.

When the organization is short on volunteers, Castle takes 2 or 3 routes.

"It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour and half. It depends how long the route is and how far away it is from our facility. It really doesn't take that long, it is just a small portion out of your day," says Castle.

Castle says all you need is a car and a heart. "Volunteers comes once a week, once month, twice a week... whatever is convenient for them whatever works into their schedule."

She says volunteers will have about a dozen deliveries on their list in order to serve people like, Martha each day.

"I just love them, they are kind. Sometimes I feel like I should be taking there meals to them and if I could I would," says Martha.

Although, there's a shortage of volunteers, its the people like Martha that makes Meals on Wheels a special trip.

If you would like to volunteer for Meals on Wheels Ministry, you can call the director of volunteers, Dianne Castle at 903-593-73-85 extension 36.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com

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