About The River

Monday, January 11, 2021

An Update!


A note of thanks from one of my participants.

Hello Friends,

I wanted to give you all an update. Many of you know that I started to deliver Meals on Wheels in 2016. June of 2019 brought a change for me and I started to work part time for Daybreak of Barron County. Daybreak is an outreach for families that are caring for loved ones with dementia. 

Families can have their loved one come to Daybreak from 9am to 2pm for a day of activities, memory exercise, music and lunch. Transportation is provided. 

Because of the virus, Daybreak had to close the doors March 17th, 2020.

Barron County hopes that we will be able to open again in the summer of 2021.

In the meantime, I asked my supervisor if  the county needed help in any other area. She said, "yes, we do! Our enrollment in the Meals on Wheels program has doubled, tripled... we could use your help delivering meals."

In December was my first two weeks back on a Meals on Wheels route.

I tag team with another driver named Kenny. We deliver two weeks and then we are off for two weeks.

I deliver to 15 rural  participants. It has been a joy to be out and about spreading some cheer as I deliver the meals. 

We are masked and wear gloves. We sanitize before and after each delivery. We sanitized the county vehicles we use each day we are done with our  routes.

In the past I shared some of the stories on the route. From the people I meet, to the things I see on the roads and more.

I received a sweet note and treats from one of our participants. Each and everyone is so happy to see you. They are so appreciative of the meal and the friendly chit chat, we can visit for about 5 minutes and then have to get going. 

I am on the route this week and the next. During these winter months, I always appreciate good weather and clear roads. 




  1. That's a great service to be providing Carla. And always nice to be appreciated. Stay safe and well.

  2. They must love your visits and I know you are a bright spot in their day!

  3. That is so nice of your Meals on Wheels recipient to acknowledge how they appreciate your efforts with a thank you car and cookies.

    I wish you some good roads and safe driving as you do your deliveries. I'm sure they always look forward to seeing your friendly face.

    Stay safe and warm.
    Hugs, Julia

  4. That's a wonderful thing you're doing! I'm sure the recipients appreciate you.

  5. They're so grateful for you. It's nice to see their expression of gratitude.

  6. Beautiful! How nice of you to help out.

  7. What a wonderful thing you are doing.

    What an uplifting post, this is...

  8. You are amazing! Surely God is smiling down at you. This is just what the bible has commanded us to do.

  9. I admire you, Carla. This is a worthwhile endeavor and a true sacrifice for the good of others. I imagine that the rewards are even greater than you can tell. xoxo

  10. This truly touches my heart. What a true Blessing for not only those whose lives you touch, but a huge Blessing for you as well. I wish for you many Sun filled days....

  11. God bless you for volunteering! I pray that the roads are safe for you this winter.

  12. OH THANK YOU For volunteering for those who are alone, lonely and hungry. Im glad they appreciate you

  13. You truly are an angel, Carla! xo

  14. You may be the only person they see that day, they must be happy to see you, above and beyond the food you bring. I volunteer in a retirement home and that program had to stop, of course.

  15. You are such a sweet angel here on earth. I am sure you make all of those deliveries special and are such a big help to these people in need. God puts the right people in our paths when we need them most. So glad you are willing to do this now and especially in the winter months. You are truly an angel. xoxo

  16. I so enjoyed reading this post.
    It is a wonderful thing you are doing.

    Hoping the roads stay clear for you.
    Safe driving.

    All the best Jan

  17. I think it is wonderful that you are doing this. I hope the program that gives respite to caregivers of those with dementia will be able to open again.

  18. This is a wonderful thing you're doing, Carla. You might be their only conversation that day. This is a very good organization, and I'm glad you're a part of it. You are special, indeed, my friend.


  19. Wonderful! I have a friend from church who gets meals on wheels and she's always very happy when she talks about it. (I wonder if you're her delivery person?)

  20. What a blessing you are to your community. So sweet that you gets notes and treats!
    I hope the roads stay good for you this week, we are preparing for a storm today.

  21. You are the best of us, Carla. Well done, my friend!!!


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