Claremore Daily Progress

Community News

January 16, 2014

Aladdin Club and Thrivent join forces to support Meals on Wheels


Traci Cain, Claremore Meals on Wheels (MOW) President, reported to representatives of Aladdin Club at its January Meeting held at the home of Mrs. Patricia Pixley.  Aladdin Club is a dedicated supporter of MOW and Thrivent committed to match a portion of Aladdin Club ‘s contribution to MOW.  
Aladdin Club started in 1947 and supports a number of local organizations.  MOW appreciates being one of them.
Thrivent is a financial arm of the Lutheran church and members must provide designated services as qualifications to make available matching funds.  In the attached photo, Rostek, Brasel, Fletcher, Schulze and Sykes (and Pat Suter, not shown) helped Thrivent to qualify for matching funds
MOW is a United Way (UW) Agency and as such receives significant support from UW.  MOW and its home-bound clients are very fortunate to receive support from many organizations, churches and individuals. Cain reported that for 2013, several organizations contributed special funds so that several critical improvements could be made.  For example, the prime 10 burner/double oven had failed along with the microwave, large refrigerator and water cooler.   Pan washing sinks were inadequate and a new triple sink sanitizing station was installed.  Members of the Claremore Woodworkers group including Roger Anthony, Johnny Jones and Harry Prescott volunteered their time and resources for this installation 
These improvements would not have been possible without having received three grants for which MOW applied.  And the grants would not have been received without existing local support.   All this is to say that whether the contributions are one or two dollars or hundreds, MOW is able to serve more than 10,000 meals a year.  
Cain told of the many stages involved in supplying meals and compared them to the multitude of steps required to make a “lead” pencil.  Shut-in clients are aware of the person who delivers a meal to them, but not the thousands of people in the “pipeline.”   The pencil story is rather neat for one who has not heard about it and she provided an internet link to the story that was provided by Dr. Larry Arrn, President of Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI.  

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