Meals On Wheels receives $1,000 donation from The Lily Farm and Nursery

Shelby County Meals On Wheels was the recipient of a $1,000 donation Thursday morning from The Lily Farm and Nursey and owner Mark Carpenter as part of the farm's annual Mother's Day promotion of giving back to the community.

On hand accepting the contribution were Darlene Mitchell, program director at the Senior Nutrition Site, and Sherry Harding, executive director of Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Harding said the funds would be put to work helping provide nutritious meals for seniors who are shut-ins.

“This is going to be a big help,” she said. “We're trying to start serving rural areas more.”

Harding said poverty among the county's senior citizen population is an ongoing problem with many households working to get by on $600 or $700 a month. That means there is a dire need to get meals to those residents who are unable to leave their homes.

Carpenter said money for the donation was raised primarily from a raffle with some funds added by the farm to get the contribution to the $1,000 mark.

“I just want to thank everyone who bought raffle tickets,” he said. “I'm really proud of this community and of how we help each other out.”

Carpenter said after spending about 25 years living in a big city, he continues to be impressed by the caring nature of Shelby County and East Texas residents. Each year The Lily Farm chooses a local non-profit group to support with a donation and he said the Meals On Wheels program is one that needs more support.

“It's all about helping people help themselves,” he said. “We all need to care for one another.”