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Help feed Bandera County seniors

Special to the Courier

The Silver Sage Corral Community Center and its Meals On Wheels program is the sole provider for Bandera County seniors. Hot, nutritional balanced meals are delivered to individuals who want to stay in their homes as long as possible, but also may be struggling with another issue - hunger!

Seniors who are food insecure run risks of having poor health. It's hard to imagine that an older individual in this community - possibly a neighbor - is going hungry. Family members who initiate meal delivery for parents and grandparents are also thrilled with the daily contact provided by Silver Sage drivers.

This offers families great peace of mind knowing a volunteer is "checking in" on their loved ones and "visiting with them" for a few minutes Monday through Friday. For some, that may be the only human contact they have for the day - or maybe even the week.

Silver Sage administrators and volunteer also follow up if a driver reports a client is not home; does not answer the door or notices a change in a client's behavior that may require monitoring.

How can you help? Volunteer a few hours a week as a driver. Donate monetarily to help provide meals?

This program is not funded solely by the government and also relies greatly on donations. A donation of $5 feeds a senior for one day, and last year we delivered 26,740 meals!

Another opportunity to help this vital and important meal program is to attend The Black and Red Ball, sponsored by the Silver Sage Board of Directors.

As well as being a great opportunity to support community seniors, the Black & Red Ball is an evening of laughter, great food, catching up with old friends and dancing the night away. When The Almost Patsy Cline Band plays, it's time to get those boots scootin'. The festivities will also include live and silent auctions. So, everyone is urged to bring sweethearts for a night of fun - as well as helping those less fortunate. All proceeds benefit a much-needed service that builds lasting relationships with seniors in this community, and the hope that by working together, senior hunger will end.

Pictured: At last year's Black & Red Ball, sponsored by the Silver Sage Corral, Melissa Benge and the "Infamous Red Purse" worked the crowd for the Corral's Meals on Wheels program.