On Saturday May 21, IM hosted the first annual Operation IMpact, the largest event in our history – bigger even than our annual Thanksgiving Day meal delivery.
Thanks to the efforts of more than 800 volunteers, – and the generosity of four event sites sponsors – we delivered 3,000 storm meal boxes, 3,000 cases of water, and 3,000 hurricane preparedness bags to our Meals on Wheels seniors. Each of the storm meal boxes contains five meals our seniors can enjoy when inclement weather prevents our drivers from delivering daily meals.
In the coming days, we’ll be finishing up deliveries to 1,000 seniors.
The diversity of the groups who came to deliver meals perfectly captured the spirit of diversity IM celebrates. At our Meals on Wheels location in Midtown, alone, we had representation from the Baha’i Faith community, the Buddhists, Catholics and Humanists. We had retirees loading cases of water, and young children labeling boxes. It was a lot of work, and a lot of fun.
We had similar reports from our other distribution locations: Covenant Lutheran Church in Katy, CenterPoint Energy, the Houston Food Bank and Humble Area Assistance Ministries, where the mayor of Humble, Merle Aaron, joined us. We could not have been made all these deliveries without the help of these organizations.
We also would not have been so successful without support from Shell, the Houston Food Bank and the Harris County Area Agency on Aging.
When bad weather strikes, we worry about our seniors. Operation IMpact will go a long way toward making sure they stay safe and our drivers stay safe when roads are too dangerous to drive.
On behalf of everyone at IM, thank you from our staff and from our seniors.
Director of Meals on Wheels