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Ennis volunteers recognized by Meals on Wheels

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties volunteers who tirelessly work to improve the local community will be recognized during National Volunteer Week, which starts today April 28 and goes through Friday, May 2.
“This is a great opportunity for our volunteers to share their joy of serving with others,” said Shanna Dunn, Ellis County volunteer coordinator.
Volunteers are being recognized during National Volunteer Week for their service to Meals-on-Wheels with the Shirle Ayers Volunteer Appreciation Award. This is an annual award recognizing outstanding volunteer service, and is given in memory of Mr. Shirle Ayers, a faithful volunteer for many years. This year’s winners are Sidney and Jean Evans of Ennis.
The Evans said their favorite part of delivering meals, besides enjoying helping, is talking with the clients they serve.
“Mr. and Mrs. Evans are a joy,” said Dunn. “They are so dependable and always willing to help. I always know I can count on them. Just taking a little time out of your day to help out a fellow human being can make all the difference in the world to Meals-on-Wheels clients.”
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, not to be confused with the city-based Ennis Meals on Wheels, serves over 700 people on a daily basis with the help of people from various local communities.
“Volunteers are essential for our program to be successful,” Dunn said. “Without the ongoing dedication of volunteers, we would not be able to impact the lives of the elderly, disabled, and their families. Thank you for the invaluable service you provide to our homebound clients!”
The organization continues to be in need of additional volunteers to help get meals delivered to the homebound elderly and disabled residents throughout the county.
National Volunteer Week is sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation (www.pointsoflight.org) and the Volunteer Center National Network.
The week is designed for organizations nationwide to thank one of America’s most valuable assets – volunteers – and calling the public’s attention to all they do to improve communities across the nation. “We hope that National Volunteer Week will motivate others to volunteer their time and talent to help our country’s most vulnerable residents – the homeless, the hungry, the elderly, at-risk youth, and the disabled,” said Robert K. Goodwin, president and chief executive officer of the Points of Light Foundation.
National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing an annual celebration of volunteering. Every president since has signed a proclamation promoting the week.
Readers interested in volunteering for Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties or know someone who might need the agency’s services, please call Meals-on-Wheels at 972-351-9943 or on the web at: www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.

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