School retirees donate gifts to area seniors





From left, Beverly Leek, president of Genesee County MARSP, Laura Rahmaad, director of the Meals on Wheels program, and volunteer coordinator Suzanne Hinkinson.

From left, Beverly Leek, president of Genesee County MARSP, Laura Rahmaad, director of the Meals on Wheels program, and volunteer coordinator Suzanne Hinkinson.

GRAND BLANC TWP. — At Christmas time, most kids would agree that a great meal is good, but presents are even better. Now, with the help of the Genesee County branch of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP), Meals on Wheels recipients can think that too.

At their recent annual holiday gathering, members brought in a room full of donated and wrapped gifts for the local charity Meals on Wheels, which delivers meals daily to hundreds of people who would otherwise probably not eat. Suzanne Hankinson, Volunteer Coordinator of the event said, “Our membership has done a wonderful job.”

“What you do is so wonderful,” said Laura Rahmadd, Director of the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department Meals Program. “Our heart goes to our seniors.”

She added, “Because of you we are able to do so much for them, and put a lot of smiles on their faces. You go above and beyond.”

 

 

The meals program recently moved into a brand new kitchen facility located at 2727 Lippincott Rd. In addition to the 3,000 meals taken into people’s homes daily, Rahmaad said they serve another 600 at various dining sites daily.

The only qualification for the program is recipients be age 60 and over and not have anyone living with them that is able to fix their meals.

Mark Guastella, MARSP Executive Director said “School people are special because every day they are thinking about the kids. I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts as volunteers.” Other gifts were provided by Meijer, Kroger and Panera Bread and sponsor Dennis and Eli Chinonis from AAA in Grand Blanc.


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