Boy Scouts deliver for Meals on Wheels in Trenton

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

TRENTON, Tex. -- We told you earlier this week about how Meals on Wheels programs are struggling to keep volunteers as gas prices get higher and higher. But one group of Boy Scouts is helping with those efforts. Emi FitzGerald has more.

A half-dozen Boy Scouts hit the streets of Trenton to spend part of their summer helping others.

"You’re helping the community by delivering meals to housebound people," seventh grader Hunter Glover says.

Hundreds of seniors in Grayson, Fannin, and Cooke counties get a warm lunch thanks to Meals on Wheels everyday. That's about 25,000 meals each month.

"Broccoli, spaghetti, bread, vegetables, peas, corn, stuff like that," seventh grader Cody Lambright says.

Program rules say a person can't leave a meal unattended at the door, so the delivery is more than just about food.

"I guess a lot of people don't really come and visit them very often, so I guess when somebody comes up to the door they're pretty happy," ninth grader Nick Frattarelli says.

Area officials say high gas prices are making it tough to keep volunteers, but the more people who pitch in, the shorter the routes are for everyone.

These kids were able to stay close to home and finish up in about one hour, taking away with them a great experience.

“I helped out the community by delivering food to make them feel more happy and comfortable,” fifth grader Chase Glover says.

And also they deliver a message of encouragement for others.

“Just to get out and help people, not just sit on your butt and be lazy,” Hunter Glover said.

They plan to keep delivering meals all summer, until they go back to school or until there's more permanent help.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:32 AM
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    Boy scout rule! And a thank you prob needs to go the parents of the boys who are driving them around.
  • by Rich Location: Trenton on Jun 13, 2008 at 11:59 AM
    How can I get in touch with Meals on Wheels? If you would like to help in Fannin, Grayson, or Cooke County, contact the Tri-County Senior Nutrition Project at 903-786-3351 or 1-877-900-3351.
  • by Tracy Location: Sherman on Jun 13, 2008 at 07:23 AM
    You are all some pretty special boys! Your kindness is not going unnoticed. Trenton is very lucky to have you around.
  • by That's really cool Location: Kind acts on Jun 13, 2008 at 05:22 AM
    I'm sure these people in need really appreciate this. Most elderly people are so happy to be around children, meals aside. It lifts their spirits. Just being there is the best gift of all for many of them. It's too easy to only care about your own needs and what you want to do. It's doing for others that is more difficult. But at the same time, when you do something kind for someone selflessly, it gives you a feeling of happiness and satisfaction to see the joy light up in another person's eyes. Kindness is the glue that holds humanity together. Acts of charity build character in people and remind them about their fellow men. They are also permanently remembered in the Good Book. No kind deed goes unacknowledged. I think you kids are the best ever. :)
  • by Trelia Location: Sherman on Jun 12, 2008 at 06:02 PM
    Thanks for this uplifting story. There are so many depressing stories reported each day, this was one that brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my face. It is great to see young men serving their community and others in such a positive way. After the deaths of the Boy Scouts in Iowa this story was a testimony to this oranization. Thanks, Trelia Heise
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