Winter in Houston this year has been over the top. The multiple days of ice, snow and sub-freezing temperatures have perhaps hit our seniors the hardest, especially those who cannot heat their homes.

After realizing that many of their clients were shivering in their homes and using their appliances to try and stay warm, Meals on Wheels drivers immediately reported the situation to their supervisors.

In response, IM contacted local TV station KRIV Fox 26 to make an appeal for electric space heaters for the most vulnerable of the population. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the generous spirit of Houstonians came alive again as they dropped off or shipped nearly 90 heaters to the Moran building to be delivered to seniors alongside their hot meals.

Producers at Fox were so moved by the generosity of the public that they sent reporters out with Meals on Wheels drivers to film senior clients – answering their doors wearing hats, gloves and scarves – receiving their heaters.

IM has been able to distribute blankets, hats and gloves to all of its 4,200 Meals on Wheels clients as well as shelf-stable meals to be used when hazardous road conditions prevent drivers from safety reaching the many seniors on their routes.

If you’d like to donate a heater to a senior in need, you can order one online and have it shipped to Interfaith Ministries, 3202 San Jacinto St., Houston TX  77004.