Meals on Wheels driver, 97, delivers lunches every week

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

DENISON, Tex. -- Countless people depend on Meals on Wheels for lunch, and they count on the drivers to deliver those meals just about everyday. Mystic Matthews has the story of a man who is a special part of the Meals-On-Wheels program.

You can find 97-year-old Harry Steel running the roads on a mission delivering food every Wednesday. Mr. Steel has been doing it so long he doesn’t recall just exactly when he started.

"Just about ever since it's been open. Pretty soon after they opened, I started," Mr. Steel says.

Mr. Steel says the best part about being a Meals on Wheels driver is all the people he gets to see.

"Just to see the looks on their face when I bring it in."

Dorothy Stockton runs the local program and supervises the drivers.

"He’s a very, very valuable person to us..a gentleman. To be 97 years old and still delivering meals to older people, that’s pretty good." she says.

At 97 years old, Stockton says Mr. Steel is doing more than just volunteering his time, he is making a difference in the lives of others.

“A lot of times this is the only meal these people get. It’s their only contact with the outside world," Stockton says.

For as many miles as Harry Steel has traveled in this job and for as long as he's been knocking on doors, he's discovered more than those in need of food.

“Sometimes bad situations, people lying in the floor, and if it hadn't been for that driver, we don't know what would have been the outcome. We’re very thankful for drivers."

Even if he's still making deliveries at an age when others have long since retired their keys.

"You tell somebody how old you are and they say, ‘Are you still driving?’ If they took my license, I’d drive anyway," Mr. Steel says.

But to ask Harry himself, he'll fend off any special recognition.

"I’m no different than anybody else."

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  • by big al Location: tom bean on Dec 22, 2007 at 01:35 PM
    dont know the nice man,but way to go, may everyone have the health to do something as nice as him. we need a million more like him. THANK YOU................
  • by Lesli Location: Whitesboro on Dec 21, 2007 at 07:40 AM
    What a wonderful story (and man!) here at Christmas! May God bless you and keep you wrapped in His love, Mr. Steel! Merry Christmas!
  • by MR. X Location: TEXAS on Dec 20, 2007 at 07:00 PM
  • by angel Location: denison on Dec 20, 2007 at 06:21 PM
    MR. steel god bless you for your good work.You are avery special man.THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU
  • by Mystic Location: KXII on Dec 20, 2007 at 02:49 PM
    Thanks for all the kind words about Mr. Steel. He was wonderful when we went to do the story on him and I am so glad I am able to tell everyone about him! He is a great man, which says alot these days! And yes, his Peanut Brittle is excellent!
  • by Connie Location: Sherman on Dec 20, 2007 at 08:07 AM
    As I was watching this story on the news last night, tears filled my eyes and my heart fluttered just thinking about how amazing this man is. 97 y/o and helping out those who can't help themselves. He is truly an angel and we should all learn a lesson in this story. I know that I will be volunteering more. If a 97 y/o can do it, so can a 45 y/o. And to those of you out there that can read this, please give your time to serve others for we will all be blessed in the end. God Bless Mr. Steel.
  • by racheal Location: howe on Dec 19, 2007 at 11:20 PM
    mr. steel - you are an amazing man. you care so much about others, i wish there were more people like you. this world would be a better place. thank you for all that you do.
  • by Angela Location: Denison on Dec 19, 2007 at 06:44 PM
    I love Harry!! He's should be a motivation to anyone in the community that wants to make a difference. He makes excellent peanut brittle too!!
  • by brittany Location: denison on Dec 19, 2007 at 06:16 PM
    I think its great for him to still be able to do things like that.god bless him for his good work
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