Today, I am gonna do something close to my heart. I am a volunteer driver to deliver meals to the homebounds in my community.
I want to share with you because I think that is such an easy way to volunteer, does not take me so much time or money. But it bring to all of these people their little smile for the day, a little warmth in their daily life that sometimes they might need so much, staying close to the other human beings.
Some of these people are really homebound. This women who has diabetes and breath with oxygen. She is overweight and it is such a workout for her to climb down her five steps (she had to do it once because the door to her building could not open.
This guy, who is a writer. He is diabetic too. He is Polish and lived through WW2 underground, and then went to Australia covered by the British government. His book is about his experience. This other women, she breaks my heart. Symptoms of Elzheimer, she always asks me what day it is today, and if we have passed Christmas or Easter. And sometimes, she does not remember someone will bring her a meal, and she already ate ! Her hands starts shaking now too.
I speak to each one of them, and try to break their loneliness at least for an instant.
If you find a program like this in your town (here it is called OPC/Older Persons Comm., I encourage you to give it a try. It is another way to make a difference in this world.