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Published on November 26, 2015

Taxi cab drivers deliver Thanksgiving meals

By Nikki Kimbleton, WJXT

When you see a long line of taxis, you might think they're at the airport or a sporting event waiting to pick up a fare. But the line outside of St. Vincent's Riverside was for something very different and far more important.

Paula Bides with St. Vincent's told us what was inside the boxes volunteers were loading into the taxi cabs.

She said, "They have a great hot meal of turkey, stuffing, gravy, green beans all made with love. They get a roll, pumpkin pie and then some cranberry sauce."

This is the 22nd year St. Vincent's Riverside has provided the food. Volunteers have been cooking since 4 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

Tourea Robinson with Aging True Senior Services said, "As most know, our Meals On Wheels clients are home bound, frail, elderly. And for many of them, it's the only meal they will receive today."

While the cooks who volunteer are crucial to this cause, so are the cab drivers. Without them, deliveries on a holiday would be expensive and difficult. Teddy Richardson has been volunteering as a driver since this project started.

"It's great and an honor to help with this," Richardson told us. "Because, I know how it feels to not be able to eat on certain holidays and stuff."

While 500 people will get these Thanksgiving meals, there is a much larger need. Not just today, but everyday.

"Right now we serve around 800 meals daily and our wait list is a little over 1,000 people," Robinson said.

If you can donate or volunteer with meals on wheels, they would be extremely thankful. For details, you can get to the Aging True website by clicking here.

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