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Community leaders assist volunteers to deliver meals

WARRENSBURG - Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty stepped onto a porch on Horicon Avenue and knocked on the door.

Moments later, Anna Baker came to the door, and Geraghty held out a bagged hot lunch of pepper steak, potatoes and mixed vegetables.

Baker was taken aback, because her regular Meals on Wheels delivery person Marilyn Griffen was standing nearby with a smile on her face, rather than handing her the meal.

Geraghty chuckled, nodding toward Griffen, a 10-year volunteer driver.

"I just picked her up on the way," he said. "She keeps me on my toes."

Baker smiled, recalling that Geraghty lived just up the street where he grew up, and she watched that process years ago.

Baker peered into the bag.

"I like these lunches. They remind me of home-cooked food," Baker said. "You eat more than if you fixed up something, and you really enjoy it," she said.

Geraghty was participating in a Mayors for Meals event held throughout the region, in which local officials deliver for the Meals on Wheels program to get a first-hand knowledge of its benefits for seniors.

Baker stood on her porch and chatted with Geraghty, praising Griffen for her reliable delivery service - and her friendship.

"Marilyn hugs me when I get back from Florida," she said.

After goodbyes, Geraghty and Griffen got back in Geraghty's car to travel to the next stop on the route.

"I could get in trouble, I talk too much," Griffen said. "But I may be the only person these people see each day, so it's important to spend a little time with them."

The duo stopped a few blocks away at a home on Terrace Avenue.

Ethel Bennett came to the door and looked surprised to see Geraghty.

"I remember when you once picked raspberries in my yard, and your mother sent you over to apologize," she said.

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