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Special Delivery for Meals on Wheels Seniors

A Meals on Wheels lunch is always hot and always nutritious – but it doesn’t often come with a treat.

That will change today. WoodmenLife is sponsoring a special cookie to go with each of the 700 lunches Meals on Wheels will deliver this morning. WoodmenLife made a $5,000 general donation to the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging for the Meals on Wheels program, and a $1,000 donation for these treats, which is enough for an additional treat for the seniors later this year.

“It’s not connected to any holiday or national day – just a random act of kindness that we wanted to give to these seniors,” said Annette Devine, Vice President of Accounting Services and also Chair of WoodmenLife’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

WoodmenLife associates know very well what is involved with delivering Meals on Wheels. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, associates deliver lunch to the residents of the Park East Tower, and have been doing so for more than 15 years.

“We appreciate the ongoing support from WoodmenLife, and the special treats will mean a lot to those receiving the meal today. It’s extremely thoughtful of WoodmenLife to do this for our home-bound elderly, and the monetary support will help to improve the delivery of this valuable service,” said Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging Executive Director Dennis Loose.

For more than 30 years, the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging has been providing the Meals on Wheels program to low income seniors in the metro area.

Pictured above is WoodmenLife’s Director of Community Projects Bruce Moritz (second from right) as he presents a $6,000 check to ENOA staff members (from left): Jay Schuoler, Katelyn York, Executive Director Dennis Loose, Tara Thomas, and Arlis Smidt.

Angie Hempel

Angie has been a writer and editor at WoodmenLife since 2003. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Omaha Council Bluffs Metro Chapter and the Public Relations Society of America Nebraska Chapter, and serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. She mentors a Little Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters and volunteers with organizations like the Nebraska Writers Collective and Meals on Wheels. She was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans by the Jaycees in 2012. She and her husband Michael love to cook, travel and chase after their baby boy Corbin, Jack Russell Terrier Sadie and parakeet Larry.

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