Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels Announces Third Annual Appeal for Support

November brings fall harvest and Thanksgiving celebrations.  As families prepare for these special meals and family gatherings, Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels hopes that local residents and visitors will remember the seniors and homebound who rely upon Meals on Wheels.

Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels (MOW) operates out of Keystone House at 8765 Stenton Avenue.  A rotation of over 50 volunteers delivers two meals a day to an average of 35 clients, five days a week, 52 weeks a year.  Clients are seniors and other homebound individuals living in the communities of Chestnut Hill, Wyndmoor, Mount Airy, Flourtown, Erdenheim and Oreland.

The daily charge to clients for two (one hot, one cold) meals is $7.00.   All other program costs are covered by grants and private donations. To increase the amount of private donations to the organization, three years ago CHMOW Board and staff sent appeal letters to a “handful” of individuals in the community.  According to Lynne Mason, Executive Director it a  surprising success. “We were shocked and thrilled to receive almost $1,000. Last year, we appealed to more than 200 individuals and raised nearly $6000” says Mason.

The 2011 Appeal will be Chestnut Hill MOW’s biggest effort yet as their goal is 500 appeal letters. “As people think and plan for the Thanksgiving holidays this year we hope that that  in their gratitude they remember our clients.  They are the neighbor just around the corner who also want to enjoy a delicious meal, on Thanksgiving and every day.”

The appeal runs through the end of the month. To donate, volunteer or refer a client, please visit www.chestnuthillmow.com or call 215-233-5555.  Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels is a participating organization in the United Way Donor Choice Program. CHMOW’s Donor Choice # is 2947.

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