My heart was filled to the brim last week! On Wednesday, I was able to attend a check presentation with Leadership Kerr County Class No. 34 for proceeds raised at Easter Fest 2019. I was so surprised and honored to receive a $5,000 donation from the event for our Meals on Wheels program. 

Thank you so much, class members, for recognizing our program and how much it means to our community. We are so appreciative.

Then, I delivered a Meals on Wheels route all by myself and survived it. I had so much support from the seasoned drivers as I was getting ready for the pack out. They all wished me well and, thanks to Dawne Church and Bethanie Miller, I was on my way. My first turn was on the wrong street, so I learned that maybe I don’t know all the streets in Kerrville after 30 years. Thank goodness for cellphone maps. 

I delivered to homebound community members that were wheelchair bound, meeting me at the door and everything in between. All the people that I met were so happy to see a smiling face, and they were the first to wish me a beautiful day. 

One lady said she loved how bright and cheery every driver is when they stop in for a quick visit. Little did she know that she was brightening my day! 

When I returned, I was greeted by those seasoned drivers and their enthusiasm that I had accomplished by first solo delivery successfully. I didn’t tell them about the wrong street issue.

Then, I walked down the hallway after lunch and watched people of all capabilities dancing to the Jam Band. What a sight to see! Participants in our Take 5 Day Respite Care program were swaying and dancing to the music. It is amazing to see how people with cognitive impairment and memory decline respond to music. The smiles on their faces and joy in their step is something to behold. 

There also are people without any limitations enjoying the music, too. So, if you want to scoot a boot for about an hour on Thursdays, come check it out from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

I stood at the window and was overwhelmed with joy, love and happiness at what I see at the Dietert Center. Thank you so much to all of the volunteer musicians who bring such joyful sounds to our building. It is one of my favorite days here.

Speaking of Meals on Wheels, we need volunteer drivers. Pat is looking for substitute drivers, especially for the Center Point route. Some routes are only once every three weeks, or you can sign up for more. I can guarantee you that you will be rewarded by a heart filled with joy. Now that I am a “seasoned” driver, I will help you pack out. 

HELP US CELEBRATE

I am going to keep reminding you about our 50th anniversary event on July 27. Please join in to help us celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We want to continue providing much- needed resources to the seniors and community members of all ages, so this event not only raises funds to help us with those programs but also celebrates our 50 years of taking care of our community. 

My dream is to fill 50 tables, so please help me make it happen. The Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes band will put on a great show, so you don’t want to miss out.

TREATS ABOUND

The pastry case is full of great things this week, with no-gluten almond shortbread, lemon bars and almond snack bars.

Other great items are klobasnek sausage rolls, peanut brittle, brownie fudge cake, lemon sunshine cake, bread pudding, Mexican wedding cookies and assorted cookie plates.

Stop by for a special item for that afternoon break or place your order for your own special items to take home. Check in at the front desk for order forms.

Area residents also are reminded that we serve lunch every weekday in our dining room. We are serving chicken fajitas with peppers and onions today, Italian meatballs with marinara sauce on Thursday, fried catfish on Friday, cheese enchiladas on Monday, baked chicken with cornbread stuffing on Tuesday and potato crusted cod on Wednesday. 

Come join us!

Brenda Thompson is the executive director of the Dietert Center.

 

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