Giving Back with Gratitude

As I think back over my life, there have been occasions that I have stood back and said, “How was I ever so lucky to have that happen to me?” Those happy instances have made such an impression in my life. I can easily recall the moment, the feelings I felt as if it was happening all over again. Of course, I have also experienced the stressful and unhappy times. Those moments also have made an impression in my life, and I am grateful they are in the past. The happy times make me want to give back so that others can experience the joy and happiness that I have experienced.  However, the unavoidable question surfaces as to how, when or where do I start to give back? Showing Gratitude Recently, I met someone that knew how to give back and with gratitude. I was helping to prepare client meals, when a new volunteer Joan (not her real name), joined Read More

Preston Symon Day

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough declared December 14 Preston Symon Day as  Meals on Wheels’ oldest client turned 100 years old   Volunteers and family gathered to celebrate Preston Symon Day.  Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough read and presented a proclamation from the City outlining Symon’s distinguished military career – he earned a Purple Heart in WWII – and other major milestones in his life.  Symon married Olga, the girl across the street, who was the love of his life until she died in 1998.  They had a son, Dennis, who married Angel and had two children, Nichole and Michael.  Preston has three grandchildren.  He was an avid golfer and bowler until his early 90s when health reasons slowed him down.  Preston continues to live on his own watching sports, old westerns and his grandson Michael on The Chew. Westlake Meals on Wheels volunteer drives and staff serenaded Symon with a special birthday song and presented a flower cake, balloons and more Read More

Our New Subaru Outback Ride!

Thank-you Subaru! Subaru of America presented a wrapped and food-laden 2018 Outback to Westlake Meals on Wheels Nov. 16 at Ganley Westside Subaru. The Westlake organization is one of only 50 programs in the country to receive a vehicle, donated in celebration of Subaru’s 50th anniversary, and in keeping with its commitment to support local communities nationwide in partnership with Meals on Wheels America. “Ganley Westside Subaru, where the Outback was delivered, generously donated cereal, peanut butter, soup and other shelf-stable foods to jump-start our new Stuff the Trunk effort to provide our clients and other area seniors with emergency preparedness kits – non-perishable food, blankets, flashlights and batteries – for days the local weather prevents meal deliveries,” said Wendi Schwartz, executive director of Westlake Meals on Wheels. “To build on Ganley’s donation, Westlake Meals on Wheels will hold a public Stuff the Trunk event, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at North Olmsted Community Park.” “We are Read More