Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging – Olean, NY

The holiday season is a time when most of us share the love with our family and friends.    Meals On Wheels shares the love with our local seniors who would otherwise be all alone and hungry during the holidays.  It’s only fitting that we are partnering with our friends at Subaru for the third year in a row for their “Share the Love” Event to raise funds to support Meals On Wheels.  This is just one story of how we share the love here in our community.

Mr. M, a 79 year old single man without family and supports was referred to the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging in December of 2009.  At the time Mr. M was living in a 100 year old farmhouse in a very rural part of the county. He had been living without heat, electric or water. Mr. M spent many hours of the daylight sitting in his car getting warm. Mr. M had suffered a stroke to his left-side several years ago which left him blind in his right eye.

The home was structurally sound, however, was cluttered with several feet of garbage. When Mr. M was questioned about his ability to cook hot food he stated he has not been able to cook in months and lives on packaged cold food.

A hot home delivered meal was delivered to Mr. M in his car. Services and equipment were provided by the community to assist in getting his home repaired. A local university volunteered their time to help clean out the garbage.

Giving Mr. M back his dignity and improving his quality of life is proof that no senior will go hungry and has the right to basic living standards.

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