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Meals on Wheels gets $7,000 surprise

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Meals on Wheels of Texoma delivers nutrition and companionship to senior citizens in Grayson County. (KTEN) Meals on Wheels of Texoma delivers nutrition and companionship to senior citizens in Grayson County. (KTEN)

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- Meals on Wheels of Texoma got a big boost from some generous neighbors on Tuesday.

"Oh my gosh, biggest surprise ever," said Gregg Pittman, the organization's director.

That surprise came from members of 100 Who Care of Grayson County, who commit at least a $100 check each quarter to a local non-profit.

"The great thing about us? We don't make any money, we don't take any money," said Sarah Jerome, chair of 100 Who Care. "It is actually 100 percent of your donation goes to them."

Meals on Wheels of Texoma, which delivers nutrition and companionship to senior citizens, was the first local non-profit selected by members of the organization, receiving just over $7,000.

"Donations are always important to us; they account for about a third of our revenue," Pittman said. "And that third -- even though it's a minority -- provides matching funds for all of our federal and state dollars as well as an additional 100,000 meals per year."

But to collect the money, each non-profit has to promise to keep the funds in Grayson County and follow a few more rules.

"Number one, they won't solicit our members, because we are giving a direct check to them," Jerome explained. "And then they know that they cannot be chosen again for four years."

Pittman said those were easy terms for Meals on Wheels.

"A lot of people will learn about our organization through 100 Who Care and choose to volunteer," he said. "Then, of course, it buys extra food that provides more meals and safer, more secure homes for seniors."

The next quarterly meeting of 100 Who Care is coming up on May 21. That's when they'll select the next recipient of their generosity.

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