Working as a heavy equipment mechanic at Fort Bragg in the 1970s, Richard Wright developed a double hernia in his stomach, which required immediate surgery and a colostomy bag. Today, he struggles with a permanent disability and, as a result, is a grateful Meals on Wheels client. “I love it,” he says of the program. “I get a hot meal every day and it’s always on time.”
Tragedy struck a second time in 2017 when Hurricane Harvey flooded his home in a Humble trailer park and he was forced to live in a nearby elementary school until the water subsided. At the school, his beloved Dachshund named Rocky contracted the parvovirus and died.
With his home in tatters and his best friend gone, Mr. Wright has worked hard to rebuild his life in a FEMA trailer. He adopted a Terrier puppy named Mary Lou and enrolled her in the aniMeals program, which delivers dry dog food, treats and toys once a month. Taking advantage of aniMeals’ partnership with the local Emancipet program, Mr. Wright recently had Mary Lou spayed at no charge to help reduce the homeless pet population in his neighborhood. Through a partnership with the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, Mary Lou received vaccines as well.
In addition to the nutritious meals brought to Mr. Wright and Mary Lou, Mr. Wright’s volunteer driver looks after him as well. Knowing he is a bit unsteady on his feet and uses a walker, her church group built a ramp to his trailer’s door so he could enter with ease.
“I’m blessed,” he says about being a Meals on Wheels and aniMeals client. “I’m lucky to be alive.”