Hill Country Community Action, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing resources to low-income children and families and the elderly in Central Texas, ensured that its Meals on Wheels clients stayed cool over the summer.

“The thing about seniors is a lot of them are very conservative with their money, so even if they have central air and heat they don’t use it like how I would at home,” Lori Schaefer, the director of the Belton Senior Activity Center, said when temperatures were regularly exceeding 100 degrees. “We service about 200 homebound seniors a day and there are many who are in need of fans. So we’re having seniors say, ‘We’re just so hot.’”

With that in mind, Hill Country Community Action called on its Central Texas residents for assistance and held a fan drive.

The goal was to collect at least 100 fans — an objective that was easily surpassed.

“We were able to hand out 120 fans,” Schaefer told the Telegram. “We would like to thank the community for their generous donations. The seniors who received them were so thankful. I would also like to thank all of our volunteers who came forward and delivered them with the meals. We could not serve our seniors without you.”

Volunteers welcome

Hill Country Community Action accepts volunteers to assist with delivering food to the Meals on Wheels clients it serves in Temple and Belton on a rolling basis.

“It is important to our seniors to have a nutritious meal, a friendly face to see each day, some conversation and most importantly a daily well check,” Schaefer said. “Volunteers would pick up meals from the Belton Senior Center, (842 Mitchell St. in Belton), and deliver them to seniors in Belton or Temple.”

However, volunteers are typically assigned to a single route each week, which can average anywhere from eight to 15 stops — stops that Schaefer believes often end in friendships.

“We want them to get to know one specific group of people and learn their ways, because there have been many friendships developed that way,” she said.

The Meals on Wheels program serves nearly 200 seniors in Temple and more than 50 seniors in Belton on a daily basis, according to Hill Country Community Action.

For further information on how to volunteer, residents can contact Schaefer by phone at 254-939-1170 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays.