AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hundreds of families in Austin got a very special delivery this Thanksgiving thanks to Meals on Wheels Central Texas.
For friends, Todd Calvin and Ron Pieper, it’s become a holiday tradition. Their first stop Thursday morning was Regina Byrd’s house and they got a warm welcome. “You guys have families you should be at home with them and you chose to come out here and help me and I thank you,” said Byrd who is alone this holiday.
Calvin who has been a volunteer for about 16 years started delivering the holiday meals Wednesday, “To know you can come and have that connection, and to let them know that they matter and they are important and that people in the community care for them, it’s just such an incredible gift.”
Matthew McConaughey was among the group of volunteers. He brought his family so they could share their holiday and a warm meal. “They don’t know who I am, they don’t know that I’m in movies or anything, I introduce myself as Matthew and they go “hi” and they are happy that somebody would just take the time out on Thanksgiving to come by bring the meal,” said McConaughey. “That’s what they’re happiest about.”
This has turned into a tradition for the McConaughey’s dating back decades. “My mom raised us with Meals on Wheels. We did this when we were kids, we’ve been doing this off and on for 40 years,” McConaughey said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and First Lady Cecilia Abbott also delivered several meals along with their daughter. The First Lady has been helping the organization for the past 8 years and continues to make deliveries every Friday. “We wanted to make sure that people would all have access to a great meal and some communication,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “This is a way we can share the blessings that we have with our fellow Texans.”
According to Meals on Wheels, more than 100 volunteers delivered special holiday meals donated by H-E-B to the most vulnerable residents. “Many of the people we serve are all alone on Thanksgiving. Our smiling volunteers will be delivering more than a nutritious lunch; they’ll also be delivering some much-needed holiday cheer. We’re so grateful to the volunteers and to H-E-B for making this possible,” said Dan Pruett, President/CEO of Meals on Wheels Central Texas.