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Meals on Wheels volunteer makes special delivery


The cold weather has closed schools and businesses and it's even halted some delivery services like Meals on Wheels. More than 100 people in the Stevens Point area rely on the nutrition program for food. So, what happens now that it's closed?

Jim Hardin knows when the temperature drops, his customers need him the most.

"You can't help but worry about some of the folks you know don't have the resources," said Hardin.

He's been a Meals on Wheels volunteer for six years. Meals on Wheels is a nationwide nutrition program that delivers meals to those who can't provide for themselves.

"It's been very rewarding to get to know the folks and get to know a little bit about them," said Hardin.

But this week, the extreme cold caused the program to temporarily close.

"We close whenever the schools close due to weather as a safety concern for our drivers who are out in the cold," said Mary Mahr, Stevens Point Meals on Wheels director.

Hardin didn't exactly listen.

"There's one man in particular, he lives alone, has no family nearby," explained Hardin.

So, on Monday, with temperatures hovering around -20 degrees and wind chills ranging from -30 to -55, this volunteer took it upon himself to make one special delivery.

"I knew he probably was not getting a lot of food over the weekend so I brought him a meal," said Hardin. "He was warm, and very appreciative of the food."

Mahr says everyone else was also able to eat, thanks to food they'd already received.

"We delivered a small box with 3 days supply of shelf-stable meals to each of our recipients to have on hand," said Mahr.

But, she says it's the dedication of her volunteers that's impressive.

"They're a wonderful, very dedicated group of people," said Mahr.

To Hardin though, it's just the right thing to do.

Meals on Wheels was closed Monday and Tuesday. They will re-open Wednesday.

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