Grit Award

Jan. 10, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

Meals on Wheels fills a tremendous need by bringing food to homebound residents. The Meals on Wheels of Durham website describes the organization’s mission as serving “the elderly, frail, disabled, convalescing and others who cannot provide proper nutrition for themselves.”
The organization relies on dedicated volunteers to deliver lunches to those in need each weekday. Many clients are lonely, and have pets to provide some companionship. Getting food for their pets, though, is clearly a challenge. “Our drivers would come back and tell us that the clients were sharing their food with their pets,” said Executive Director Gale Adland.
To help provide food for the animals, two local veterinary hospitals stepped in. Falconbridge Animal Hospital in Durham and Village Veterinary Hospital in Chapel Hill recently raised more than $1,500 to help buy pet food.
Kudos to the local vets, winners of this week’s Grit Award, for seeing and filling some of that need. It can’t stop there, though, since the need lasts throughout the year. Meals on Wheels, 2522 Ross Road, readily accepts pet food donations anytime (please donate only small 4- to 5-pound bags so clients can manage them). And, of course, if you are looking for a worthy cause, the organization also can always use monetary donations and volunteers for its primary mission that helps so many people.