Spreading Holiday Cheer

Many of us are lucky enough to be with family and friends over the holidays but for some, it’s a difficult time of year.

For homebound seniors, days like Thanksgiving can be really hard. What should be a celebration of family, friends and good food can be a vivid reminder of their hunger for both food and friendship.

Here in Snohomish County, volunteers literally transform this lonely day into a celebration of gratitude.

Thanks to support from the community, Homage has been able to purchase and deliver meals to more than 300 seniors and people with disabilities on Thanksgiving morning for the last eight years.

The day before Thanksgiving, 20 volunteers arrived at the Carl Gibson Senior Center in downtown Everett to prep and package turkey, potatoes, vegetables, gravy, salad, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

The next morning another round of volunteers arrived at the center to get everything ready for the deliveries. By 10am, 60 more volunteers lined up out the door, ready and eager to make their Thanksgiving deliveries.

Every volunteer was given a certain number of meals and a map. They hit the streets and within a few hours, all 300+ of our clients were greeted with warm meals, smiling faces and friendly conversation.

Many people volunteer at this event year after year turning it into a family tradition that truly makes a difference for countless Snohomish County residents.

 “I enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner provided for me. Thank you to all the hardworking people who made it possible.”

Visit our Facebook page to see more videos and pictures from the event.

A heartfelt thank you to all of our participants and to the greater Snohomish community for your generosity and support.

If you are interested in being on the list for volunteering next year, please contact Nicole Warren, Volunteer Manager at (425) 740-3787 or email nwarren@homage.org

If you would like to make a difference for older adults and people with disabilities this holiday season, please visit our website at www.homage.org.