Visiting Nurse Association Meals on Wheels Volunteers Deliver 4,500 Meals in Dallas County

By Julie Fine • Published December 23, 2022

For the first time, Manuel Reyes volunteered for Visiting Nurse Association Meals on Wheels for its Christmas delivery event.

“I retired 5 months ago and I wanted to do something meaningful to help people in the Mesquite area, and I’ve always wanted to do this. I see it on TV all the time and I wanted to help,” said volunteer Manuel Reyes.

Delivering meals at this time of year is a holiday tradition for Craig Spamer.

“All it takes is to do it once to do it all of the time,” said Craig Spamer.

It takes about 600 volunteers, to bring 4,500 meals and gift bags on about 300 routes.

The meals are packed in large coolers.

Chris Culak, the Vice President and Chief of Strategy and Development of the VNA said while a few volunteers canceled, others quickly jumped in to help fill the need.