New volunteers take over canceled Mobile Meals routes in snow
Dangerous driving conditions were unwelcome news for Mobile Meals as La Crosse residents woke up to a snowstorm Thursday.
It's a program where volunteers drive around the city, dropping off hot meals for people who are elderly, disabled or homebound.
Early Thursday morning, it seemed as if slushy roads could have brought Mobile Meals' deliveries to a halt.
That is, until some brave volunteers -- armed with SUVs and four-wheel drive -- saved the day.
Every day, Mobile Meals volunteers drive to Alberta Gund's house on the street where she's lived all 85 years of her life.
But in this snowstorm, she wasn't expecting they'd actually make it.
"But, gosh, just like U.S. Postal Service, they came through,” said Gund.
The volunteer who was supposed to drive her route Thursday, like many others, got snowed in.
So a new set of volunteers came to rescue, including Vicky Clason-Subera in her four-wheel drive SUV.
"It's not too bad. It's not really that slippery and it's actually not as much snow as I was expecting,” said Clason-Subera. “It's just another day in Wisconsin."
Slowly and carefully, she drove past snow-covered cars and snow-covered people to deliver meals to those in need.
"It's important to get the meals to the people because it's people that would not normally get a meal -- a hot, warm meal and a cold meal for dinner. And it's just helping the people that can't help themselves," said Clason-Subera.
She’s talking about people like Gund, who is legally blind. That makes doing things like measuring out ingredients or using the stove difficult, even dangerous.
She said seeing those friendly faces at her front door is something to look forward to.
"Oh, that bell ringing and that good, hot meal and a nice little dessert is so welcome," said Gund.
It's enough to warm her heart, even on a snowy day.
While those Mobile Meals drivers may not have been exactly dashing through the snow Thursday, they did deliver about 100 meals.
If you want information about volunteering to deliver meals, you can email LaCrosseMobileMeals@gmail.com or call 608-784-4623.
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