Letter to the Editor: Get involved with Meals on Wheels

First of all, I wish to publicly thank those residents who contacted me via e-mail or by telephone expressing their personal regrets regarding the recent vandalism of my beloved 1990 red suburban.

I bought it new back in 1990 to tow a boat and only used it for that purpose until I moved to Marco where I no longer had the need to have something that powerful — until I found it to be so convenient to deliver “Meals on Wheels,” a service in which I continue to urge my fellow residents to join with me, my brother-in-law, Lee Lyons, and many others in finding the joy of serving those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Some recipients have meals delivered, not because they need the food (for which those who can pay $3/day), but just for the human contact as many have outlived their friends or family (siblings, sometimes even sons and daughters).

You can choose how many days a week (usually one) to which you wish to commit about 3 hours a morning of your choosing. As you can see, it is not a large commitment and should you need to skip a week or two others will take your place or trade days with you. If you are contemplating joining in with those of us who experience the joy of receiving the gratitude of many who are near the end of their lives, I offer you a ride with me on one of my routes — it would not be considered a commitment nor would I think less of you if, for whatever reason, are unable to do it. We all give to society in different ways and this may not be the best way for you.

I resigned from an international club whose credentials of sharing to those less fortunate are impeccable because I felt this activity was a better way for me personally to give back to society which has blessed me with more than I deserve. If you are interested, please call me at 394-1612.

Chuck Kiester

Marco Island

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