Thursday, October 4, 2012

No volunteers = no meals for the sick

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Two boys with cancer, chemo
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  • Sadly, sick children are among those served by Project Angel Heart.

Last year, Denver-based Project Angel Heart made from-scratch meals for about 300 sick people in Colorado Springs, carefully abiding by all of their dietary restrictions.

These are men, women and kids with cancer, kidney failure, diabetes, and other debilitating diseases who can no longer fend for themselves. The nonprofit has continued that outreach this year, but unfortunately, they can't keep up with demand. Colorado Springs' sick now have to wait about 20 weeks to sign up for meal delivery.

Spokesperson Amy Daly says the problem isn't a lack of food. It's a lack of volunteer delivery drivers. Right now, around 25 people volunteer two hours or less of their Saturday to deliver food to people in need. Project Angel Heart needs about 20 more volunteers to meet demand.

Volunteers deliver to eight to 10 houses on Saturdays. Those who can't commit every week are welcome to volunteer every other week, or even just once a month. Weekly food deliveries usually provide patients with enough food for the week, minus breakfast. In some cases, such as when a single mother takes ill, Angel Heart provides enough food for the entire family.

"If you're gong through chemotherapy and don't have the energy to go to the grocery store or stand in the kitchen preparing food, this can be a lifesaver, really,” Daly says.

If you'd like to volunteer for Project Angel Heart, there's still time to sign up for their next training, which is this Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. The nonprofit is accepting applicants through Friday night. You can register here.

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