Letters: Bravo, Chestnut Hill!

Posted 10/28/21

As a relative newbie to the area and to my role as Executive Director of Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels, I consistently marvel at the willingness of Chestnut Hill residents to make it their business to care for their most vulnerable neighbors.

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Letters: Bravo, Chestnut Hill!

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As a relative newbie to the area and to my role as Executive Director of Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels, I consistently marvel at the willingness of Chestnut Hill residents to make it their business to care for their most vulnerable neighbors. Forty-plus years into this endeavor, volunteers are still showing up daily to pack and distribute healthy fare for those who rely upon their kindness. No compensation for gas money, no accolades from the public. In fact, most slip in and out of the packing space at First Presbyterian in Flourtown, laden with meal-filled sacks for eager elders, barely noticed. They are outstanding.

Only recently have I discovered that the neighborhood’s businesses are made of that same committed stock. With COVID restrictions, they have extended help to keep our meals flowing.  The Hill at Whitemarsh has been exceptional, preparing lunches when others could not, a behind-the-scenes gesture of community spirit.  And with COVID’s squelching our primary annual fundraiser for the second year in a row, area restaurants stepped in, offering dinner gift certificates for our modified Harvest Kitchen Raffle, even as their own profits have suffered.

This kind of giving means that the frail, the visually impaired, the cognitively challenged, the recently recuperating can be assured of a hot dinner or a delicious lunch home-delivered by none other than the everyday heroes of Chestnut Hill. 

Carey Davis

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