Finding volunteers to deliver for Meals on Wheels

Hester Richardson ensures that shut-ins in Linthicum and Ferndale eat healthy meals.

A 12-year volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Richardson is program chairwoman for Linthicum and Ferndale. She finds enough volunteers to deliver nourishing meals on weekdays to people who are unable to shop for themselves.


"Clients are usually the elderly, but sometimes we have an incapacitated person, like the young person we had with a broken leg who lived alone," she said.

She makes up the monthly schedule and delivers it to the distribution kitchen at the Pascal Center. Sometimes, if volunteers are needed, Richardson goes.


On an average day, meals are delivered to 12 homes in Linthicum and Ferndale. Two volunteers work together: one drives and the other delivers the meals. Each client receives a hot meal for lunch and a cold meal for supper. Extra food is left for emergencies such as a snowstorm.

Most volunteers donate two days a month, but any amount is appreciated. Each trip takes about two hours. Volunteers pick up the food packed in insulated containers at the Pascal Center, take them to clients and deliver the empty containers to St. John Lutheran Church in Linthicum.

Richardson has 32 volunteers for her area.

Clients for Meals on Wheels come from the group's central office in Baltimore. Payment is based on a sliding scale and is paid directly to the main office.

Volunteers are always needed to deliver the meals or package the meals in the kitchen at the Pascal Center.

If interested, call 263-5444.

* Don your Halloween costume and go to dinner at Burger King oWednesday. Those who dine at the Linthicum Burger King from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. will help Linthicum Elementary School. Burger King will donate 20 percent of all orders to the school. Proceeds will benefit class picnics. Sponsored by the sixth-grade class, the evening will feature door prizes and free homework passes ** for every student.

It's spooky story time for children ages 4 and older at the Linthicum Library tonight. From 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., professional storyteller Rachmiel Tobesman will spin tales of ghosts, elves and gnomes. Children can wear their Halloween costumes. No registration is required. The library is at Shipley and Hammonds Ferry roads.


The October exhibit in the display case is a collection of Disney figures and books, courtesy of Kyle Knickman.

School Spirit Day will be celebrated at North Glen Elementary School on Wednesday. Students are invited to get in the Halloween mood by dressing in black and orange. Children also should bring decorated but uncut pumpkins, which will be displayed in the lobby for about one week.

Everyone is welcome to Peace Lutheran Church, 416 Wellham Ave., at 6 p.m. Saturday to see the film "Life of Martin Luther." Afterward, church member Jim Wilmer will present a skit on a classmate of Luther's. Dressed in 16th-century garb, Wilmer will discuss Luther.


Don Betz, a volunteer board member for Arundel Habitat for Humanity, will talk about the organization at a 7 p.m. meeting tomorrow in Room 111 at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane. Betz will present a slide show and discuss Habitat for Humanity, which builds houses for low-income people. The group is looking for more volunteers so the program can be extended to North County.

For information, call 859-0990.



Ferndale Roadrunners will celebrate its 21st birthday at a meeting Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center. A representative from the county Department of Health will discuss nutrition. Cake and ice cream will be served.

The group was organized in October 1972 by Ethel Schmidt, then 75. Schmidt, 96, and three other original members are still with the group.

The new officers for the next two years are Melvia Scott, president; Lee Payne, vice president; Lois Krogman, treasurer; and Florence Fischer, secretary.

* Tickets are available for the dinner and show at Michael's Eighth Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Call 761-0484 for information.