Red Cross Awarded New Meals on Wheels Vehicle


The American Red Cross Loess Hills Chapter will be presented a new Meals on Wheels vehicle from the charitable foundation for Caesars Entertainment, formerly Harrah’s Entertainment, on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 1:30 in the afternoon. The new vehicle will allow volunteers to deliver nutritious hot meals to nearly two-hundred senior citizens who continue to live independently in their home in the Council Bluffs, Iowa metro.

The program began in 1969 and averages 2,400 meals a month across Council Bluffs. It is dependent upon volunteer drivers to reach those in need, people like Caesars employee, Rory DeSantiago. DeSantiago said, “It is very rewarding to be able to help people through this program. I am grateful that Caesars Entertainment has such a high commitment to our community that they were willing to donate a vehicle to this worthwhile cause.”

“The volunteer drivers offer a friendly greeting, reassurance to family members their loved one is receiving a hot, nutritious meal, and at times a lifeline in the event of a medical emergency,” said Loess Hills Chapter Executive and Region Chief Services Officer Jill Orton. “The Meals on Wheels Program is most grateful for the community support of our volunteer drivers and corporate supporters.”

Meals on Wheels is supported by United Way of the Midlands, Dodge Trust, Cesars Foundation and other federal and state funds. Meals are prepared by Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital under the supervision of a registered dietician.

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