Meals on Wheels and More, Subaru Austin launch donation drive


by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on December 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 7:00 PM

AUSTIN -- The holiday giving spirit is spreading. Donations are stacking up at Meals on Wheels and More. The work usually centers in the kitchen, but Monday morning it stretched into the driveway outside.

“We're just hoping that Central Texans will feel the warmth of the holiday and think about these folks in need; help them make the holidays just a little bit brighter,” said Thad Rosenfeld, spokesperson for Meals on Wheel and More.

Meals on Wheels and More is teaming up this week with Subaru Austin to stuff the back of a Subaru with donations. Those donations will go to the clients who normally depend on the agency for a warm meal.

“It's called Meals on Wheels and More. They do so many things besides meals that people don't realize; taking care of people,” said Subaru Austin General Manager Brent Baker.

The donations have already started stacking up in the office -- everything from socks, to razors and shampoo. They're simple gifts, but to each client it's a big help.

“These are presents that let people know, these home-bound folks that we serve, let them know that they haven't been forgotten, but it's also stuff that they can use when it's cold outside,” said Rosenfeld.

Rosenfeld says there are more than 3,000 clients in need.

“If we could get a present for every client that we serve, that would be fantastic,” said Rosenfeld.

It's the first year for the two to team up for a Stuff the Subaru event, but their expectations are high.

“We're hoping we can fill it once, twice, three times a Subaru, who knows? It's a blank slate right now,” said Rosenfeld.

They have five days. The donation drive ends on Friday Dec. 13. Donations can be dropped off at the Meals on Wheels and More office any day this week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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