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12/30/2012 6:00:00 AM
Volunteers swamp Kingman center to deliver holiday meals

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

The Kingman Senior Center Site Council found itself swamped with volunteers hoping to deliver a hot meal to local homebound seniors in the Meals on Wheels program Christmas Day.

The Kingman Senior Center kitchen is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

"It went great. We had a few hundred people show up," said John Kirby, a member of the site council. "I tried to arrive early at around 10:30 a.m. to help get everything ready before the volunteers started showing up at 11:30 a.m. and there were already people there helping to prepare the meals. They had everything but the desert finished when I walked in the door."

Kingman Regional Medical Center and its staff were great, he said. The hospital's kitchen staff volunteered its services to prepare and help package the meals.

More than 100 meals were packaged and out the door by 11:30 a.m., Kirby said. The group had turn away some volunteer drivers because there weren't enough meals to deliver, even though Kirby limited each driver to one delivery address.

The site council put out a similar request for volunteer drivers on Thanksgiving Day and was overwhelmed with the number of people who showed up to volunteer. The Gardens Care Center helped prepare the meals for Thanksgiving.

Kirby said he isn't sure when the site council will put out its next call for holiday delivery drivers.

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