Volunteering: The Focus On Others During The Holidays

DETROIT (WWJ) – Driving down the neighborhood streets he used to play in as a kid — Fred Ziegenbein now finds more purpose to the stops he makes along the way.

It might be a bit of a surprise for folks to see 82-year-old Ziegenbein delivering their meal – but for the former Detroiter – it’s another good day to connect with friends — those along his route delivering Meals on Wheels.

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Boxes of meals ready for delivery.

Typically, the meals are delivered Monday through Friday — but Ziegenbein, along with another Meals volunteer Marty Powers were making special Easter Day deliveries to the seniors along their route.

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Fred Ziegenbein and Marty Powers volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

Sarah Miller gets an emotional boost whenever she sees her friend Ziegenbein at her door — meal in hand. They’ve become acquainted over time and look forward to even small exchanges that happen along the way.

For volunteers — it’s a opportunity to fill a need and connect on holidays that can be lonely for older adults.

It can be an absolutely essential service for many older adults—providing a hot meal, a friendly visitor and someone to check in on them every weekday. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B helps support the Meals on Wheels program in six counties here in southeast Michigan (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St Clair and Washtenaw).

Find more information about VOLUNTEERING HERE. 

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