Prom to raise money for Meals on Wheels

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA. (KPLC) -More than 400 local elderly people wait hoping to one day get Meals on Wheels. But people can help and have fun in the process.

They're dustin'off their dancing shoes and warming up for Senior Prom for Meals on Wheels. Mimi and Skeeter Hayes were last year's king and queen. It's special for them because when they were kids, they didn't get to go to prom. Explains Skeeter, who's 70 years old, "This prom was our first prom to ever go to and whenever we were voted the king and queen it was just the limelight of our life."

His wife Mimi is 65 years old.  "We're not really seniors we're just recycled teenagers." The great thing about this prom is you can have a great time and help frail elderly in our area. Mimi says, "It's a very worthwhile event and one that I have a passion for."

Nurses for Southern Home Health see first hand the need for home delivered meals for elderly as Robin Abshire explains.   "Our nurses go in and sometimes see that patients don't have the ability to feed themselves, to get up and be able to serve their own meal, prepare their own meal. They can go in and maybe see people who are malnourished."

Calcasieu Council on Aging Director Toni Caraway says there are some 450 elderly people on a waiting list to receive a hot, home delivered meal five days a week. "I think it's absolutely wonderful that people in the community, people like southern home health have the heart and the compassion that we have for the elderly in our parish and they want to raise this money for us so that we can pick up some people that we have on the waiting list. They've been waiting for a long, long time."

They urge young and young at heart to kick up their heels and help raise money.  It costs about $1500 to provide meals for one senior for a year. The 2nd annual Meals on Wheels Senior Prom is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 18th at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Council on Aging or at the door.

For anyone interested in helping to sponsor the event call Jackie Hebert with Southern Home Health at 337-302-6960. For more information call the CCOA at 337-474-2583.

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