Girl Scout Troop 20098 of Silver Creek recently delivered over 60 boxes of cookies to Meals on Wheels clients throughout the greater Silver Creek area in celebration of Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels’ annual March for Meals. This annual awareness campaign, led by Meals on Wheels America, is an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need, which is widening due to increased demand combined with declining resources and rising food, transportation and operational costs.
Purchased and donated by Jim White’s Truck & Auto Center, the Girl Scout cookies were hand-delivered by the Scouts as a sweet surprise for area seniors.
“Troop 20098 saw a post from Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels asking for volunteers to help deliver meals. The girls felt this would be a great opportunity to bring some joy to our community while lending a hand to Meals on Wheels,” said Kelly Ziegler, Troop Leader. “The girls had a blast meeting new people in the community and finding areas in the towns they didn’t know were there.”
This is the second year that Girl Scout Troop 20098 and Jim White’s Truck and Auto Center have teamed up to brighten the day for area seniors. Last year 100 boxes of cookies were donated to seniors at the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
“Who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies? I know I do. So when Kelly contacted us we were more than happy to be involved with two great organizations, the Girl Scouts and Meals on Wheels,” said Rich White of Jim White’s Truck & Auto Center. “Our business has been a part of this community for nearly five decades and we believe that it is only right to get involved in our own ‘backyard.’”
This year Rich and wife Kathy volunteered their time to go with the Scouts as they delivered cookies.
“It was wonderful to see the big smiles on the girls’ faces and the even bigger smiles on the great folks receiving the cookies. It truly made for a blessed Sunday afternoon,” related White.
“Most of our meal recipients are homebound, especially during the winter months,” explained Debra Pacos, Executive Director, Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels. “Some do not have family that live nearby or anyone around to help them. Many wouldn’t get the chance to enjoy Girl Scout cookies otherwise, so we were delighted that the girls so cheerfully shared with them.”
For more information about volunteering, contributing or speaking out for the seniors in Northern Chautauqua County and across the country, visit www.marchformeals.com. To learn more about Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels’ services and programs visit www.dfmealsonwheels.org or call 716-366-8822.
A United Way Community Partner, Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels also receives support for its programs and operations from the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, RSVP, area foundations, service organizations, churches and individual donors.
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Pictured From left to Right: Molly Shaw, Kyla Ziegler, Crystal Tirone, Aubrey Waite, Alanna Waite, Gwendolyn Souter, Kathy & Rich White, Lilly Shaw, Aurora Tirone, Trinity Kemp & Kaylee Ziegler.