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Local leaders help out at North Area Meals on Wheels

Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell, right, and Village of North Syracuse Trustee Gary Butterfield prepare meals at North Area Meals on Wheels Wednesday, March 21 as part of March for Meals.

Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell, right, and Village of North Syracuse Trustee Gary Butterfield prepare meals at North Area Meals on Wheels Wednesday, March 21 as part of March for Meals. Photo by Sarah Hall.

— “I have elderly parents, and I’ve seen the good that these guys do,” Welch said. “It’s very important to get the food to the seniors. Many of them can’t get out, and if they don’t get it delivered, and if they can’t afford to call and have a restaurant delivered, this is the only way they’ll get their nutrition for the day. Otherwise, the alternative is they just don’t eat.”

Welch said he was very impressed with the regular volunteers at NAMOW.

“It’s extremely organized, and their volunteers are extremely dedicated to what they do,” he said. “It’s very rewarding to see that. It’s nice to see them so into it and so concerned with the quality of what they’re putting out.”

Welch encouraged others to sign up to help out, even if they couldn’t make a regular commitment.

“I think one of the important things to realize is that if you want to volunteer, it doesn’t have to be daily,” he said. “You can come in once a week for two hours, whatever fits into your schedule, whatever you can physically do. That’s something I didn’t realize. If you can’t make it in on your regular day, that’s okay. Somebody will cover. It’s important just to get involved in whatever level you can.”

Welch said he’d definitely volunteer at NAMOW again.

“Absolutely. It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “There’s a lot of banter while you’re working.”

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