Thanksgiving is quite possibly my favorite holidaY. I love the fact that no presents are exchanged and instead the focus is placed on family, friends and food. So simple, yet so enjoyable.

But the folks with Meals on Wheels were a gift and a blessing in their own right and the people they served ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday were quick to say exactly that when I went on a ride along with agency in Denison earlier this week.

I met Betty Reynolds, who has volunteered with Meals on Wheels five days a week for at least the last seven years. Reynolds downplayed her service with the organization but said the delivery drivers who drop meals off at recipients’ homes do more than just bring food. She explained that many of the recipients are older and often rely on the volunteers who stop by to assist them with small tasks around their home.

Charlene McGehee was one such recipient of a Thanksgiving meal. A former Meals on Wheels volunteer and delivery person herself, McGehee said the weekly or daily visits from the volunteers also go a long way in combating the loneliness that many recipients face.

It’s sad to say, but Grayson County boasts a higher rate of food insecurity than both the state and national average. But that fact makes the work of Meals on Wheels all the more vital to the health and well-being of the community. From my ride-along, I learned that feeding those in need is no easy task. And yet, the volunteers all did it with smiles, hugs and happy holiday wishes for everyone they served.

Happy birthday Friday to Angel Douglas and Orville Wayne Smith, both of Sherman; Dennis Magers of Hurst; and Charles Ray Barnes of Itasca.