A mother-daughter team of volunteers has made sure that, even during the pandemic, Meals on Wheels continues to be delivered in Eatonia.
“When the pandemic hit in March, and we were no longer able to use our long-time volunteers who were over the age of 65, or those who were high school students, we found ourselves in dire need of people to help deliver our Meals on Wheels program in Eatonia,” explained Allison Klein, volunteer services coordinator at the Kindersley Hospital.
On March 14, the Saskatchewan Health Authority suspended services provided by community volunteers 65 years of age or older in non-essential service areas.
That’s when Shelly Eckstein and her daughter, Hannah, graciously volunteered their time and delivered the meals every day from March until the end of June.
“The efforts Shelly and Hanna have put into our Meals on Wheels program have contributed to our goal of maintaining independence for clients in their homes and our residents’ well-being,” Klein said.
Shelly Eckstein (above) and her daughter, Hannah (below).
“Volunteer work is generous, kind and selfless,” Klein continued. “We rely heavily on the giving nature of volunteers to make our programs run smoothly and efficiently, and we very much appreciate every hour that’s donated. In this case, our Home Care clients are beyond grateful for the time Shelly and Hannah have given during these very unknown times in everyone’s lives.”
In the past weeks, a few more volunteers have come forward for the program. Volunteers are always needed for programs all over Saskatchewan, Klein noted.
If you or anyone you know has 15 to 30 minutes to spare, please contact your local Volunteer Services Coordinator or click the link to become an SHA Volunteer:
Become a COVID-19 Volunteer.