"Well, brothers and sisters you can put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye because the 20th Century is more than a blink and a nod behind us now -- we are eons and kingdoms past its stone-age moralities -- we are in the future and it has us by our collective balls, even if you're a lady and your balls are theoretical in conversation but real by deed of action.”
Some facts about Meals on Wheels:
“'The average cost of a one-month nursing home stay is equivalent to providing home-delivered meals five days a week for approximately seven years,' a study referenced by the Washington Post found." - unknown study/ Washington Post
Beyond food, the Meals on Wheels humanity-of-contact provides recipients with conversation, friendship, love, life ... It is a program that needs to be kept as is, not mitigated, not dismantled...
Murel Johnson (93) has for "the past 16 years" "delivered fresh, hot meals to older Americans and people with disabilities across Lake Oswego, Oregon. She knows that for the 20 people she will visit during the course of her route, she is a lifeline -- likely providing the only companionship and nutritious meal they will have all day. Johnson is exactly the kind of unpaid volunteer President Richard Nixon imagined when he signed an amendment to the Older Americans Act 45 years ago. He established the nation’s nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older with the faith that if the federal government helped fund the meals, an army of volunteers would provide the wheels." - Ellie Hollander-Chief Executive of Meals on Wheels/ Washington Post
Please give to Feeding America: 35 East Whacker Drive, Suite 2000/ Chicago, Illinois 60601/ 800-771-2303
A carbuncle is a roiled mass of skin or a beautiful gem. The incredible gem is pictured in the logo below and at the bottom of the short story section...
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