Volunteers deliver hundreds of Thanksgiving dinners to people with terminal illnesses

John McDevitt
November 22, 2018 - 1:11 pm
MANNA delivers Thanksgiving meals throughout Philadelphia to people with terminal illnesses.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Hundreds of volunteers spent part of their Thanksgiving Day preparing and delivering meals to people who are living with terminal illnesses in Philadelphia.

After the meals were cooked and packed at the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, or MANNA, volunteers lined up cars near the loading dock and received assignments to deliver the meals.

Kate Dean from Glenside and her family volunteer at MANNA every Thanksgiving.

Kate Dean from Glenside and her family volunteer at MANNA every Thanksgiving.
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"We have four deliveries we drop off food for four different folks," Dean said, "and we have been all over each year, different places, dropping off to people. And we are the lucky ones. We get to see how gratefully people are when we drop off the food."

Seven hundred households received a gourmet meal for four on Thursday.

"People are really just kind and grateful," Dean said. "You know, on a day like today, when it's cold and you just want a warm meal, we are lucky to deliver it to them."