Hundreds of people in central Ohio are unable to get out of their homes this holiday season. Making sure they have a hot meal is the mission of LifeCare Alliance and their Meals on Wheels program.
To make sure that happens, volunteers signed up to help out with the 53 routes they are servicing Tuesday.
Some volunteers, like Amy Holley, have been coming for years.
“My girls and I have been doing this for 6 years, as an opportunity to give back to the community,” said Holley.
Others, like Brian White, are new to volunteering on Christmas Day.
“My girlfriend, Kristin, signed us up,” said White. “It’s something to do for Christmas to help everybody out.”
Many of those volunteering were families.
Brittany Roberts volunteers at the center often through her work with Nationwide.
She easily convinced her family to return again this year.
“It’s pretty rewarding actually; I mean, we don’t have a lot of younger kids in our family so it’s good for us to all get out and help give back’ especially because we’ve been blessed to be fortunate so it’s a really good opportunity,” said Roberts.
Meanwhile, the Sturtz family may have started a new tradition this year by signing up to drop off meals.
With a planned vacation in a warmer climate bringing them home on Christmas Eve, they approached this year differently.
“We decided about a month ago that we were gonna skip the presents and focus on something that’s more important,” said Kara Sturtz.
She says the decision has been totally worth it.
“This feels a lot better than waking up and opening up presents, you know, we have each other,” said Sturtz.
According to LifeCare Alliance, they could use a bit of help delivering meals this Thursday and Friday, if you want to start a tradition of your own.
If you want to help you need to reach out to them right away.
To volunteer, call in advance. The best number to use in the next few days is (614) 437-2891.