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Volunteers cook, pack, and deliver meals on New Year’s Day

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PEORIA (HOI) -- Several local organizations took to the streets Wednesday to help local seniors.

Volunteers at the Bethel United Methodist Church gathered in the kitchen to prepare more than 200 meals for seniors, to be distributed throughout the Peoria area.

Six other local churches also participated, along with some help from the Central Illinois Agency on Aging.

Johnnie Locker, a co-coordinator of the event, say it's about more than just bringing food to people who need it; it's about serving the community.

"Many of our seniors are home bound," added Locker, "they have no one to come by and say 'Happy New Year.'"

People volunteering their time were all ages.

"This is marvelous for young people because they see that there is no age limit to serving," Locker said, "they can help somebody at anytime if they take the time to do it."

In total, the group delivered more than 700 meals in one day, and they're already planning for next year.

Sheridan Swathwood

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