'We're just so blessed': Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving event in 48th year

Hundreds packed and delivered 16,000 meals

Sloane Martin
November 22, 2018 - 9:43 am

Around 16,000 people and families in the Twin Cities are eating a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, thanks to the generous effort of hundreds of volunteers.

Assembling at Cretin-Derham Hall as early as 2 a.m., hundreds of people packed and assembled meal boxes for shipment this morning for the 48th annual Meals on Wheels event. Oriana Beaudet has been volunteering with her husband and two children for seven years.

"Part of it is trying to teach our kids to embody this concept of, we are the sum of our whole," she said. "We all pitch in and that's part of our responsibility as community members."

Drivers delivered the meals along 900 routes to ensure families in need could have a tradition Thanksgiving meal with turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more.

"We're just so blessed," organizer Bill Foussard said. "So many people coming together. It's an incredible team that comes together every year to make a difference."

Marla Vagtz is in her second year volunteering.

"I guess I have so many good things in my life happening and I get to have my family all around me in a nice warm home and the thought of doing something that could bring a little bit of that joy to someone else is a really big deal," she said.