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Meals on Wheels receives VFW donation

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Fargo, 58102
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Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

The West Fargo Meals on Wheels program has been caught up in the holiday spirit as the recipient of a $500 donation and 25 gas cards, valued at $20 each, for the Meals on Wheels volunteers.

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Bill Tuff, commander of the Military Order of the Cooties, made the presentation to Renee Lerfald, outreach worker and West Fargo Meals on Wheels Coordinator for Fargo Senior Services. The agency's executive director, Brian Arett, was also in attendance.

The West Fargo Meals on Wheels program currently serves about 60 homebound seniors Monday thru Friday. Five volunteers are needed each day to deliver hot, nutritious meals to individuals age 60 and over, homebound and unable to prepare their own meals. 

There is an ongoing need for volunteers to participate in the program, with those involved sharing about one hour of their time to deliver meals.  For some of the homebound seniors, the Meals on Wheels volunteer might be the only person they see that day. Consequently, the volunteers are trained to make sure they see or hear the resident when they deliver the meal to make certain they are okay.

Lerfald said the $500 donation will be used to help with operating the program in West Fargo. The full cost of a meal is $6, and meal recipients are asked to donate $3 per meal.

Lerfald said the gas cards are also very much appreciated. "The gas cards are wonderful because our volunteers not only share their time but they use their own vehicles and incur the gas expense, even those volunteers who come from the businesses who deliver meals for us."

Those interested in sharing their time with this important community service can contact Lerfald at Fargo Senior Services at 293-1440.

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