During our month-long campaign, elected officials have generously provided public support for Meals on Wheels of RI critical services by hand-delivering meals to homebound seniors across the state. We are fortunate to have their support and thank them for their time and effort to highlight our programs.
Gov. Gina Raimondo kicked off our campaign by delivering a meal to and visiting with Georgiana Perry, 89, in Providence. A lifelong Fox Point resident, Ms. Perry said she would not be able to remain living in her own home without her daily-delivered meals.
Sen. Jack Reed delivered meals to homebound Cranston couple Eltore “Eddy” and Pauline Santurri. The Santurris became Meals on Wheels of RI clients on March 1 after Pauline, 85, suffered a fractured hip. Eddy, 84, and Pauline report our program has been a Godsend to both of them.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (top row, middle) delivered meals to and had a nice chat about Rhode Island living with East Providence seniors Elaine and Bruce Lethbridge (bottom row). The Lethbridges, both 81, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last June. Mr. Lethbridge is a Korean War veteran, and the couple live in his childhood home, which they purchased over 55 years ago. Sen. Whitehouse was joined by Meals on Wheels of RI Executive Director Heather Amaral (top row, left) and Kim Keck, president and CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the campaign’s premier sponsor.
Rep. Jim Langevin visited the home of Warwick resident Geraldine Ramagalia, a 75-year-old homebound lifelong Rhode Islander who began receiving daily delivered meals last summer after breaking her hip. Ramagalia previously worked for the Providence school system, serving lunch to students. She describes receiving Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island as “coming full circle.”
Rep. David Cicilline delighted Smithfield senior Alice Valerio, 80, by delivering her daily meal. Valerio (left) who has lived in Smithfield for over 14 years, spent her career helping individuals with disabilities develop life skills in order to become independent adults. She worked at the John E. Fogarty Center in Johnston. The center donates space and staff and volunteer time as a drop-off site for Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island delivery drivers to pick up daily meals.
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello delivered meals to and visited with Katherine and Clarence Millette, both 90, a homebound Cranston couple. Clarence, a WWII veteran who served with the Seabees at Quonset Point and retired from the East Greenwich Police Department in 1994, and Katherine, a retired teacher assistant, will be married 70 years on Aug. 14. At far right is Meals on Wheels of RI Executive Director Heather Amaral.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joined Meals on Wheels of RI Executive Director Heather Amaral to deliver a meal to Marlene Donnelly, a 75-year-old homebound Cranston resident. Donnelly, who has lived in her home for over 50 years, suffers from arthritis that prevents her from driving or shopping for food. She lives alone and our Home-Delivered Meal Program ensures she always has a nutrious lunchtime meal and a daily volunteer visit that gives her daughters and granddaughters peace of mind, knowing that someone is always checking on her.