Bethany House to deliver holiday meals to senior citizens

Deliveries will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will be distributed from the Bethany House
Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 5:44 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2020 at 7:08 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - A local organization continues their tradition of providing warm meals to the community during the thanksgiving holiday.

For decades now, Bethany House has made sure that those without a home have something to eat, especially during the holidays.

“I feel good, if you’re hungry you’re going to eat it.”

Every year, many line up early outside the building for the Feast of Sharing.

But that all changed with COVID-19, especially when it came to get people to help out those in need.

“This year due to health and safety concerns, we do have less volunteers,” said Cyndi Leyendecker.

Cindy Leyendecker for Bethany House says they may have less hands helping out, but they are still moving forward.

In fact, the meals provided this year by H-E-B were 400 more than last year and the turnout of people who they give meals to has been getting bigger and bigger during this pandemic.

For those who could not make it to the Feast of Sharing, they have a chance to get a meal every day.

Bethany House prepares more than 800 meals for people to take to-go and for their Homebound Meal Delivery Program where they take meals to those who can’t pick them up.

Leyendecker says the homebound delivery program is the most popular option because of COVID-19, helping many of their homebound seniors.

Doctor Henry Carranza from the L.O.V.E.D. organization has been helping Bethany House for more than 30 years now and he’s also been making sure the meals are delivered on a daily basis.

“When they get something back, they are very appreciative and that’s the most important thing. That way they say, ‘well, H-E-B cares about us.”

Bethany House tells us since the pandemic hit our community, they’ve prepared almost 200,000 meals and it won’t stop there as there’s many more meals to be distributed.

Bethany House invites community to volunteer by helping serve meals and coming up on our evening newscast, we’ll hear more about how this event has impacted many people’s lives for so many years.

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