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Summer volunteers needed for Meals-on-Wheels

Heat, vacations create larger need in summer months
Summertime is a critical time of the year for Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis County. With the onset of the summer heat approaching, there is an even greater need to check on the homebound, disabled and elderly residents in the community. Since summer tends to be a busy time of the year for many with school being out and families being gone on vacation, Meals-on-Wheels needs caring volunteers to help deliver meals during the summer.
“With the summer months approaching, it is more important than ever for dedicated volunteers to be available to check on our seniors daily,” said Shanna Dunn, Ellis County volunteer coordinator.
The summer heat tends to strike hardest among the elderly population. In fact, more than half of the nation’s heat related deaths occur in persons 65 years and older. The major cause of these types of deaths is a result of elderly persons living on fixed incomes turning off fans and air conditioners in fear of high utility bills. Meals-on-Wheels also assists by providing fans during the summer months to those that are in need.

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