ESH participant Leighton and Program Assistant Sherilyn Yap assemble lunches and dinners for those receiving services from Meals on Wheels.
On a humid Tuesday morning at Easter Seals Hawaii’s Adult Day Health program in Ewa, participants Leighton, Martin, Stanton, Cheyanne and Amanda are doing sign language exercises while they wait for the Hawaii Meals on Wheels van to arrive. These participants assemble meals for the elderly and those with disabilities every Tuesday morning and look forward to it every week. Once the van arrives, they sort through fruit, bread, entrees, and package each meal for the six houses on their delivery list.
The participants have a sense of teamwork and enjoy delivering the meals to various homes in the community. “They have been doing this for over a decade, before I started 13 years ago,” said Program Assistant Sherilyn Yap. The routine is an activity provides a sense of volunteerism.
The participants that deliver these meals to others who are elderly or with disabilities have earned the respect and admiration by the ESH staff and families. ESH President & CEO Christopher Blanchard said, “Our participants are contributing members of our communities. They constantly demonstrate their compassion and ability to help others.”