Airdrie Meals on Wheels is in need of donations for its first ever Christmas Fundraising Campaign to feed 100 people in need this holiday season.
Trudy Eyre, public relations officer with Airdrie Meals on Wheels, said the campaign kicked off Oct. 28 and enough money has been raised for just 25 meals so far.
“Mostly it’s to bring awareness to the community that we are here,” she said, adding the volunteer-based program will be celebrating 35 years in Airdrie next year.
Airdrie Meals on Wheels delivers home-cooked meals to those who may be recovering from surgery or can’t get out of the house to shop for themselves.
The service is also available to seniors who may not have family close by, she said.
The program has been receiving an increasing amount of requests for meals this year, she said, adding 647 meals were delivered in November.
“I think one of the reasons that our numbers have been going up is because healthcare, health professionals, hospitals are now referring patients,” she said.
With the increasing numbers, volunteers are needed to help deliver meals.
Eyre said she encourages people to volunteer to “be part of the community and to give back to the community.”
A donation of $15 will provide lunch and supper for one person. Meals include things like soups and sandwiches, roasts, salads and desserts.
Eyre encourages people to donate to the Christmas Fundraising Campaign to help those in need. The program does receive funding from the City of Airdrie, but aside from that, it relies on donations from individuals and businesses.
“I think that we provide a needed service in Airdrie,” she said. “I believe in the program. I believe in what it does and what it gives back.”
She has been involved with Meals on Wheels in Airdrie for 15 years and was involved with the program in British Columbia before that. She said she has had to use the service before.
To volunteer, donate or register for a meal, visit airdriemealsonwheels.ca
Donations for the Christmas Fundraising Campaign will be accepted until Dec. 24.