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“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

— Winston Churchill

You can make it. You can take it. You can kill it. You can fill it. You can pass it. You can spend it. You can waste it. You can find it.

Most importantly, you can give it — time that is.

Your time is a gift — a gift given to you that you can in turn give to others.

As we reported last week, the Joplin Senior Center is desperate for volunteers to deliver hot meals to homebound recipients.

Do you ever think, “Somebody ought to do something”? Ever think that somebody is you?

We all have the same 24 hours from which we may give. Strangely, research shows that giving time will make you feel as if you have more. It’s a win-win. Bonus.

Volunteers work for about 90 minutes to pack and deliver the meals. There are about 11 routes to cover about 200 daily participants in the program, but there is a waiting list to add more meal recipients. The senior center needs at least six more volunteers to meet the current demand — even more to reduce the waiting list. The demand is there for the program to feed more. It could, if more residents volunteered to help with deliveries.

Volunteers travel in teams of two, a driver and a runner — the driver transports all the meals while the runner goes to the door of each home on the route, delivers the meal and does a well-being check for the recipient.

"They help pack up the meals and organize them, get out to their routes and get back in time to eat for themselves," Allison Riddle, community services director for Region 10 of the Area Agency on Aging, said.

"It's a short period of time, but it makes a huge difference. People wouldn't get those meals without the volunteers."

Volunteer to drive for Meals on Wheels, even once a week. Ask your friends, your family and your co-workers to join you.

You’ll provide nutrition. You’ll also provide a connection. That connection can be a lifeline for a homebound senior who may not see anyone else that day.

Time is precious. We each only have so much, and we don’t know how much that will be.

And the best way to grow it is to give it.

Won't you?

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