Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers over Xmas

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Gore Meals on Wheels is putting out the call for volunteers to fill in for three weeks during the festive season.

Idea Service clients who delivered meals throughout the year had a break at Christmas and some other volunteers also took the opportunity to have a holiday, Meals on Wheels co-ordinator Greta Miller said.

The Gore Welfare League, which runs the Meals on Wheel service, was always particularly short of volunteers at Christmas time, Mrs Miller said.

However, each year the community displayed the spirit of generosity by filling in the spaces on the roster.

The service had three runs delivering meals each week day, she said.

It had 50 meal recipients per day on its books.

“Idea Services do one run [per day] all through the year – we really appreciate it,” Mrs Miller said.

“They are dependable.” Another run was manned by volunteer organisations, while the third was manned by individuals, she said.

In past years, Mrs Miller had found people very willing to volunteer once she put the call out.

Not only did the service deliver meals, it also provided a social outlet for people, she said.

“Sometimes we’re the only faces they see all day.”

For further information or to volunteer, contact Mrs Miller on (03) 207-2780.