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Pastors deliver meals to seniors' doorsteps

Posted at 8:09 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 21:09:16-04

WACO, TX — Seniors at the Salvation Army William and Catherine Booth Garden Apartments were accustomed to taking a stroll out of their homes to enjoy a daily meal.

Since March 12th, those gatherings have come to an end to protect their health.

Almost 200 residents live at the complex. Some participate in food pantry, home bound meals or Meals on Wheels congregate meals.

Thirty-five of the seniors were used to getting a meal from Meals on Wheels at the main diner, where they were able to play games and socialize with others.

Now, those meals are being delivered to their homes. Volunteers like Booth Garden Chaplin Norris McCollum and additional pastors deliver the meals to the seniors in the congregate meal program.

Cecilia Rodriquez, Director of Booth Gardens, says adapting was necessary.

"There was not a second thought of how we would move forward. It was just we are moving forward and making the changes needed," she said.

Pastor McCullom says it's something he gladly volunteers for.

"The smile that they have on their face when they see the meal and see someone, because it's important they have a visit," he said.

The Salvation Army is asking the community to write letters for the seniors to they can be passed out to them during this time. You can all The Salvation Army at (254) 756-7271 for more details.