COVID Community Champions
Wow! At WMEC, we have been blown away by the incredibly compassionate and caring response from our community during this challenging time.
To name just a few…
The army of Volunteer Meals on Wheels Drivers who responded to our first calls for help in the early days of the COVID-19 Closures. Our Meals on Wheels program experienced a 30% increase in home-delivered meal requests from seniors who could no longer receive their daily meals at congregate meal sites, and who were sheltering at home to keep themselves safe from the virus.
The Holyoke Police Department, under the leadership of Lt. Michael McMahon, collected and individually sanitized thousands of hygiene and household items for homebound seniors in Holyoke. The HPD delivered over 300 bags of these items to WMEC Nutrition Central, which were safely brought to consumers’ homes by our Meals on Wheels Drivers.
Amadeos Restaurant, whose owners Tony and Kirsten Dibenedetto invited local youngsters to draw cards for isolated seniors. For every 5 cards dropped off at Amadeos, a kid receives a free cheese pizza! WMEC Meals on Wheels drivers distributed the card to many very grateful consumers.
Our Sewing Soldiers – many individuals throughout the community who stepped up to make hand-sewn masks to help keep our staff and consumers safe. A special shout-out to Kathy Felsentreger who sewed over 500 masks for WMEC!
From the bottom of our hearts,THANK YOU for helping us keep our staff and consumers safe!