For some elderly people, who are home-bound, less capable of supporting themselves because of medical conditions, and receiving no family support during the day, getting a meal can prove to be difficult. TOUCH Home Care of TOUCH Community Services has this Meals-on-Wheels meal delivery programme to cater to these elderly people. TOUCH is in need of volunteers to be car owners/drivers and delivery personnel at several distribution locations.
Since the start of this month, my wife and I volunteered to help deliver lunch packets every Wednesday from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. We report to the TOUCH Home Care office in Toa Payoh to collect pre-packed food and off we go to deliver them to some 23 recipients staying at different HDB blocks in the route.
For the last three weeks, we moved from Shunfu, to Sin Ming, to Bishan Street 22, 23, 24, 13, 12 and 11. By the time we delivered the last food packet at 12.10 pm, we were physically exhausted.
Truth be told, we were quietly contented every time knowing that these elderly recipients had a meal settled for them. That is the joy of volunteering with a heart. This is meaningful and is something we can help.