Volunteers Prepare Thanksgiving Meal Baskets for Seniors – American Press

Volunteers prepare Thanksgiving food baskets for seniors

Published Monday 21 November 2022 5:45 am

Three hundred and fifty homebound seniors in southwest Louisiana had Thanksgiving grocery baskets delivered to their homes this weekend.

This is the 16th year that the Calcasieu Council on Aging and Phillips 66 Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex have partnered to provide the homebound senior community with all the necessary items needed to prepare a proper, easy-to-prepare holiday meal.

Phillips 66 public relations director Megan Hartman said the annual event is close to the heart of the organizations.

“This is a worthwhile project that our employees and their families look forward to every year,” she said.

For the volunteers it is of the utmost importance that the elderly are given time and care during the holidays.

“Many of the residents we serve are alone and isolated during the holiday season,” she explained. “Wishing them a happy Thanksgiving holiday is an important knock on the door, and it warms the hearts of our volunteers, too.”

Jackie Green, chief executive of the CCOA, said the gesture has proven beneficial to elderly residents over the years.

“During this time of year, it is very important to deliver food to our homebound senior community. It helps fill their vacation with love, caring and compassion,” she said. “It helps reduce their feelings of isolation and loneliness and provides support.”

She said human connection is the most important thing you can give to others.

“When someone personally wishes you a happy Thanksgiving, it means so much to those who are alone,” she said. “Not only is food important, interaction is life too

The failed homebound seniors were selected from the CCOA list of homebound seniors.

“The recipients were selected from the Council on Aging’s meal waiting lists, as well as various organizations and social services throughout the community,” Hartman said.

Green expressed her gratitude for the partnership.

“Our aging community is often the forgotten group,” she said. “We are extremely grateful to Phillips 66, our community partner, and their staff volunteers for using their time and resources to help us reach each home. It seems so little, but it means so much to seniors.”

The deliveries were made by volunteers from Phillips 66 along with the deputy sheriff of the municipality of Calcasieu. The volunteers began deliveries early Saturday morning, covering the Lake Charles, Sulfur, Westlake, Moss Bluff, Iowa, Starks and Vinton areas.

Each recipient received a bag of frozen goods and a box of dry goods. Supplies include: two Cornish chickens, a dressing mix, two cans of corn, sweet peas and Jiffy cornbread mix, a bag of rice, a can of chicken broth, a 24-ounce can of yams, a package of Brown and Serve Rolls, and a single serving Dessert.