Sunday, December 26, 2010


On Saturday morning, we woke up nice and early to check our stockings and then head over to MIFA to help deliver meals to homebound seniors. I took the monkeys last year and we really enjoyed it, so now that we've done it twice, I suppose it's tradition.

Warren was in California last Christmas, so it was his first time. It was really great having him with us. He's naturally excited about new things, plus he's great with directions.

Our route was through Orange Mound, and we each had jobs. I read the directions and knocked on the doors, Warren delivered the hot meal and roll, Jiro carried dessert, and Satchel distributed the gift bags. We had twelve stops, and soon became a well-oiled, Merry-making machine.

Jiro, per usual, got a little grumpy towards the end, but it was ok since our last four stops were all in the same high rise. (The smell on the elevator was nearly identical to the smell on the elevator at my grandparents' old highrise in New Orleans. I took the olfactory memory as a sign of their approval.)

Satchel was a trooper the whole time, and what we were doing really sunk in with him. "We already got our gifts, and now we're doing the giving," he said proudly from the backseat.

With the help of 70-100 volunteers, MIFA delivers 2,000 hot, nutritious lunches to seniors’ homes and congregate sites each weekday. I'm glad that we could be a part of this great organization, even if it was just for a day.

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