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Meals on Wheels volunteers help fill stomachs, hearts on Thanksgiving

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Hundreds of people in Dallas delayed their Thanksgiving Day celebrations Thursday, and they wouldn't have it any other way.

This year, 500 volunteers pitched in to help out with Meals on Wheels.

The Visiting Nurse Association has the operation down to a science, but the group says a lot of heart goes into each turkey dinner -- starting with a dedicated staff

Volunteers' work varied, from loading up cars to delivering food themselves.

"Thanksgiving is all about a time to be thankful for what we have, so to be able to help people out who may be less fortunate than myself is just a huge thing for me," said volunteer John Stone.

For many, delivering the meals has become a Thanksgiving tradition.

For Ted Melton it's a weekly commitment to volunteer. The retiree says he wouldn't have it any other way, and the people on his route have become his friends.

"It means a lot," said Samuel Harmon, who gets his meals delivered to him through the program. "It sure does. When I first started, I couldn't work and I went hungry for about three days and it sure is nice!"

The visits are nice, too – the VNA calls them social nutrition.

Volunteers like Melton are sometimes they only people some seniors see during the day.

"Here, it's just a good deal because these people need these meals and I just like doing it," said Melton.

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