Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels’ volunteers often go above and beyond the call of duty, to help those they deliver meals to. When they see a need, many contact groups like the Exchange Club of Fort Bend who are known for helping those less fortunate or they report the challenges to Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels who partner with many companies and organizations in the area to assist the elderly in a host of different ways.
Everyday, volunteers across the county of Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels continue doing small and simple acts of kindness that changes lives, and Karen Linn is just one of many.
Karen Linn, an Exchange Club of Fort Bend member and a volunteer for Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, noticed one home she delivers meals to had a pretty big challenge: no running water in the house.
“I deliver meals to Mr. P. who lives in Richmond. I noticed his wife, Grace, was carrying water into her house from the outside water hose. Something was wrong,” Linn said.
Grace’s husband has had a stroke and is on Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels program, which Linn delivers meals to their home. According to Linn, Grace has severe arthritis in her hands, and as soon as she turns 60, the required age for the Meals on Wheels program, she will be placed on the program as well. Yet, this couple had another need, an important need and that was water.
“Grace had two buckets and a wagon. She would pull the wagon to the water hose outside, fill the buckets and then pull the wagon back to the door, and carry the water inside, to cook and wash dishes. This was a struggle for her, and she had been doing it for over six months,” Linn said.
Yet, she made very good use of the water by filtering it after cooking or washing dishes, by using it to water her plants. She recycled all of the water she carried in the house,”Linn said.
“My husband and I went to Home Depot and purchased the needed items. Then, my husband, Benie and a friend, Ray Haas, installed the facet and equipment, which was the problem,” Linn said.
Grace was thrilled with the new interior working facet, but after a week she said, she kept forgetting she now had water in the house and would pick up the buckets to go outside, before she realized the blessing that had been made possible, by caring people in the community like the Linns.
“Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels could not do what we do, without the help of our volunteers. When we see our volunteers going above and beyond delivering meals, it spreads throughout the volunteer groups and all involved with our organization. It spreads the true caring we all have for our elderly. We can not begin to thank the Linns for all they do for our elderly. Thank you Karen and Bernie Linn and Ray Haas, for continuing to change the lives of so many. Thank you again,” said Manuela Arroyos, CEO, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels.
Those interested in volunteering or donating to help our elderly, please visit the website @ www.fortbendseniors.org or call 281-633-7052.