LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Sterling Riggs swapped gigs with a meal on wheels volunteer to witness the lasting impact the program has on homebound seniors.
Small in stature but big in personality, nobody gets excited quite like 85-year old Jim Coombs to see his friends from meals on wheels.
Coombs is one of the several hundred senior citizens who get hot meals delivered to his doorstep 5 days a week.
"It's a God send. If it were not for these volunteers, I would be eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich because I can't do a lot of cooking," Coombs said.
Before his meal is delivered, its journey begins at the Portland Neighborhood House.
Monday through Friday, that's where you'll find Aline Simpson and Anna Irvin diligently preparing meals.
Irvin believes volunteering for meals on wheels is a way to pay it forward.
"I can close my eyes at night knowing that I've helped someone along the way. People were good to me. I was a young mother and young wife and people were good to me. So I decided to give back."
The meals are then loaded up in coolers to be delivered by volunteers like Ashley Mitchell. She says her favorite part about being a volunteer is her relationship with the recipients.
She says the recipients expect volunteers to be on time and get extremely excited when you show up.
And one thing's for sure, you never know what they are going to say.
Coombs said, "I'm just a little ole nobody, in a little ole nobody neighborhood, but I'm having my 5 minutes of fame. Thank you, thank you. What can I say?"
The meals on wheels program is currently looking for volunteers in Louisville. Click on this link for more information or call 502- 574-6325 or 502-574-6420.
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