Hot meals, warm hearts
By Scott Akanewich
For a decade, Christine McCarty has delivered meals to seniors as part of the Meals-on-Wheels program.
However, once the COVID-19 outbreak hit, the organization decided to temporarily suspend service – leaving a void which needed to be filled.
As a result, McCarty and others from the Community Blessing Outreach – a local nonprofit – sprung into action.
On March 25, approximately 50 seniors who had been affected by the decision in Liberty Hill and Leander received meals from CBO.
As far as McCarty is concerned, it was only proper, she said.
“It just feels so good to help people,” said McCarty, a co-founder. “It’s the right thing to do.”
But, CBO’s reach goes far beyond the current calamity.
The organization began serving Thanksgiving meals to people as part of “Operation Turkey” back in 2013, so getting involved during the current time of need was a natural extension, said Jodi McCumber, who is a volunteer with CBO.
“We love what we do,” she said. “So, with everything going on now, we decided to get together and do something.”
McCumber got involved with CBO in 2008 when her husband James was seriously injured in a car accident and the group came to the family’s aid when they needed it most, she said.
“James missed nine months of work and needed two surgeries and we would’ve lost everything including our business if they hadn’t helped us – they raised $19,000 in six hours.” said McCumber. “After it was all over, we just sat down and cried thinking about all they had done for us and we said ‘We need to get involved with this and do this for other people.’”
McCumber credited local businesses Texas Chrome BBQ and Traeger Grills for helping the program become a reality.
“We couldn’t have done it without their support,” she said. “It wouldn’t have been possible.”
But, it’s not only food which CBO has been providing homebound seniors with, said McCarty.
“I got together with our board of directors and we decided to get these people whatever they may need right now,” she said. “Everything from prescriptions they couldn’t get to things like toilet paper or anything else.”
CBO provided 50 seniors three meals each on March 25, but it certainly won’t be the last time, said McCarty.
“We’re going to keep doing this every Wednesday until Meals on Wheels is back up and running,” she said. “Next, we’re expanding into Round Rock, serving about 100 people in all, or 300 meals.”
According to McCarty, the program is simply an example of the kind of people who make Liberty Hill and the surrounding areas so special.
“Our community is awesome,” said McCarty. “All of people are volunteers who also work full-time and we hope what we do will inspire others to do the same and make the world a better place.”
Donations and volunteers can got to www.communityblessingoutreach.org for more information.