Volunteers Deliver Christmas Meals on Wheels

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Steve Crocker would have gone without a warm meal this Christmas if not for volunteers like Susan and Jim Kostaroff.

"Earlier this year I was diagnosed with cancer and it's been a little harder to keep up with everything," he said.

Volunteers gave their time Saturday to cook and deliver about 450 meals.

"People who maybe don't have relatives in the area or are simply shut in their homes and can't get to anything," said volunteer John Hoekje, who has volunteered there for about twenty years.

This is the first year the Kostaroffs have delivered meals for Volunteers of America.

"We had the time, and there's a need," Susan said.

"Until you get out into the community and get out of your area and really see how people live, you discover how blessed you are, you don't have any troubles," said Jim.

Steve Brower has spent every Christmas since he was six years old doing this -- so nearly twenty years.

"Oh it's fun here, we sing and everything, have a good time," Brower said.

Brower's always been in the kitchen rather than behind the wheel -- but he can imagine how the meals brighten someone's day.

"Warm food, a smile, cause it's Christmas and we want to make em happy and let them know they're loved," Brower said.

That's exactly what they do. And people like Steve Crocker couldn't be more grateful.

"Sometimes you think that you've had some bad breaks and everything is going against you, and you find that there are people there to help," he said. "And it makes a difference."

Crocker says his car is dead and he doesn't keep much food at his place -- so these meals on wheels came right in the knick of time.

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