True Heroes and Champions
As part of the national “March for Meals” celebration, Community Champions week brought together some of Winston-Salem’s finest to help deliver meals through our Meals-on-Wheels program to Forsyth County seniors. We were honored to host first responders from the City of Winston-Salem Fire Department, the Winston-Salem Police Department and the Forsyth County Emergency Services—EMS Division to deliver meals during this special week.
Captain C. A. Lowder of the Winston-Salem Police Department said, “Participating in the March for Meals Community Champions Week was rewarding both personally and professionally… being able to serve a variety of wonderful citizens across our city and provide them with a healthy meal, on what was a cold and snowy day. I believe that you receive more out of life by paying it forward and serving others. The Senior Services Program embodies the spirit of service and compassion to our aging population. As a member of the Winston-Salem Police Department, I support this philosophy and we as an agency are honored to contribute to the Senior Services mission and overall success.”
These champions in our community save lives and are making a difference for Forsyth County residents every day. They are local heroes, and it was truly a special week in the Meals-on-Wheels program as we had the opportunity to show appreciation for their time and efforts.
The Outback Continues to Have an Impact
Despite the cold mix of rain and snow showers, our community champions participated in meal delivery routes with genuine smiles and made the days of so many older adults who were grateful to receive their meals.
Pack the Outback
Our Subaru Outback, donated to Senior Services by Subaru America last year, played a major role in Community Champions week too. Right in the middle of the week, on what was supposed to be the first day of spring, we had yet another challenging weather day! Thankfully the snow is no match for our thousands of volunteers and the Subaru Outback, which has become an irreplaceable vehicle when conditions are less than favorable.
Proclaiming the Importance of Meals-on-Wheels
On Friday, the last day of Community Champions week at Senior Services,Mayor Allen Joines helped us “Pack the Outback” with all the canned and boxed goods that staff and volunteers collected throughout the week.
These grocery items will go a long way to support the need in our Meals-on-Wheels program. During his visit, Mayor Joines also read his proclamation designating this month the “16th Annual March for Meals” in Winston-Salem. The month of March mobilizes hundreds of Meals on Wheels programs across the country to reach out to their communities and build the support that will enable them to serve America’s seniors all year long. This special week within March for Meals has shown everyone, once again, the immeasurable power of many big-hearted people united under one mission.
We celebrate our Community Champions, this week and always, as men and women who do amazing things to serve and protect those in need. We are so thankful for those who put in the work every day to stand up for seniors in Forsyth County and recognize the vital role that Meals-on-Wheels plays for residents in our community. Remember, you can help change the lives of aging Forsyth County seniors too! Volunteer to deliver meals today!