This holiday season, many have chosen to donate their time in order to help others. Home Meal Deliveries has given people the chance to volunteer to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for those who cannot provide it for themselves, and many have chosen to answer the call.
"It's so rewarding to be able to help," said Betty Turpin. Turpin was joined by her daughter Debbie Clark, who works for Century 21 Advantage Realty. This year was Clark's 10th time helping Home Meal Deliveries.
Clark was the one who convinced her mother to join the volunteer team, but she said that she got her giving spirit form her mother.
"Half of Waco calls me granny," Turpin explained happily.
The mother-and-daughter team were joined by many others as they prepared the fixings for stuffing. Debbie Bellairf, who was once a driver for Home Meal Deliveries, helped to prepare the celery and onions for the stuffing. Bobby Johns also came from Century 21 Advantage Realty and has been volunteering with Home Meal Deliveries for 10 years. Johns was in charge of chopping onions this year.
"They say it takes a village, and they're right. We need a lot of people to get all of this done," Johns explained. The team had finished cutting and bagging at least seven bags of onions and celery for the stuffing, and six big pans of cornbread had been baked as of Monday afternoon. Home Meal Deliveries plans to deliver Thanksgiving meals to 1,000 families, so there will need to be a lot of food.
With the abundance of laughter and food to be found in the kitchen of Home Meal Deliveries, it is clear the holiday spirit is shinning bright in each volunteer.