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1,000 Thanksgiving meals given to homebound seniors thanks to organizations in Waco

Posted at 1:52 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 16:55:15-05

WACO, TX — Friends For Life and Scottish Rite Bodies made sure that everyone got a traditional Thanksgiving meal, especially those who aren't able to cook or leave their home.

In a pandemic, more people are in need than ever before and these two organizations knew they had to continue their Thanksgiving tradition by delivering meals to those who need it most.

Both had perfect socially distant assembly lines and delivered hundreds of meals around Waco.

Dixie Petty has been delivering meals on Thanksgiving for 21 years and brought along her 9 kids to help out as well.

"It's a great opportunity to get to know them and hear their stories, they actually have amazing stories," Petty said.

Some of her kids, now old enough to drive, take their own route of deliveries.

"When we come back together at the house, for our Thanksgiving gathering they have so many stories to share," Petty said.

William Powell has been receiving a meal on Thanksgiving for 10 years. Not only does Friends For Life help with a meal but they help him with other daily necessities as well.

"Not only this day but every day, everyday Friends for Life has been a blessing to me," Powell said.

Living alone, some days are tougher than others but he loves days like today when friendly faces stop by to wish him a Happy Thanksgiving.

"So many people are hungry so many people can't get out to do things now," Powell said.

That's what Friends For Life and Scottish Rite is here for.

"We want to take care of our family which is our community," Larry Taylor, a volunteer with Scottish Rite said.

Volunteering for 16 years, he hasn't seen a year like this before.

"In fact, we've got more people this year than we've ever had and that's the beauty of meals on wheels, taking care of those that are elderly and shut-in," Taylor said.

There's dedication at both organizations, to make sure everyone is loved and not forgotten about during the holiday season.

Together, nearly 1,000 meals were delivered.