KNOXVILLE (WATE)- Volunteers spent their Thanksgiving morning delivering hot meals and homemade desserts to 500 seniors in Knox County. Mobile Meals delivers to 900 seniors Monday through Friday, but today, those that didn’t have family nearby to visit, relied on volunteers making these deliveries.
“Just having someone check on them, bring a meal to them, it just means the world to them. It’s a huge impact on their lives and the ability for them to remain in their homes where they’re comfortable for as long as they can,” said Janet Pelot, Mobile Meals manager.
Two volunteers, Mike and Lisa Compton, have spent the last two years volunteering on Thanksgiving. This year, their first stop was Brick and Betty McCollum.
“Getting to be a part of someone else’s lives and being able to share in their stories and to see the happiness and the joy in their lives as they share about their families, the true appreciation they have as they have that short visit with us is the best part,” said Lisa Compton.
The Compton’s were greeted when they arrived by Betty who was wearing a pink jumpsuit and a smile. She welcomed them into her home and shared stories of her children, her own childhood, and 47 years of marriage to Brick–who just turned 90.
Describing a conversation with her daughter Betty said, “She said if I taught her anything it’s how to bounce…I’m testing my bounce right now.”
Betty McCollum was just diagnosed with cancer and learned she would be needing hip replacement surgery. But she remains positive, teasing Mike and Lisa about their own marriage.
“It’s such a fulfilling way to serve our community as well as meet and get to know a lot of people in the area,” said Mike Compton.
The Compton’s visited five houses today delivering meals and sharing in conversation.
Pelot says that if every person in Knoxville volunteered one day a month for Mobile Meals they would exceed their volunteer needs.
For more information on how to volunteer or donate to Mobile Meals call (865) 524-2786.