A retired engineer, Mr. Tucker served in the Korean War. When stateside, he continued to work on guided missiles before transitioning his career to NASA. After retiring, Mr. Tucker transitioned once again to work as a Baptist Minister.
Checking in on a Friend
His warm demeanor is contagious. Each Wednesday, meal delivery volunteers Kelly and Shawn look forward to their visit with Mr. Tucker, and he with them. It’s more than volunteering for Kelly and Shawn – it’s checking in on a friend.
Mr. Tucker’s beloved wife of 57 years recently passed, leaving him alone in his apartment. With his remaining family out-of-state, Mr. Tucker calls the personal interactions that come when Kelly and Shawn knock on his door “the bright spot of the day.”
One of Twelve
The home-cooked meals, delivered each week day, go a long way in keeping Mr. Tucker physically nourished. “Being one of 12 siblings, my mother instilled in all of us the gratitude of having a meal” says Mr. Tucker.
When asked which of Chef John’s dishes is his favorite, Mr. Tucker replied “all of them.”
Like so many of the 600 homebound seniors on meal-delivery service, Mr. Tucker never imagined needing Meals on Wheels. Now, he considered the meals, and the friends he’s made through this program, a true blessing.
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