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Mobile Meals delivers to seniors on Christmas Day

7:47 PM, Dec 25, 2012   |    comments
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Will and Pat Schmidt deliver a Christmas meal to Ruby Fine.

More than 150 volunteers spent their Christmas morning delivering hot meals and presents to seniors at their homes.

Mobile Meals serves Monday through Friday to more than 1,000 seniors in Knox County who cannot cook for themselves.

For the past eight years, Will and Pat Schmidt from Tellico Village have helped out Mobile Meals on Christmas Day.

"This is a need. This is not something that everybody even thinks about coming out and doing," Pat said.

Her husband, Will, went on to say, "Dignity is what it's all about, what we're lacking these days. It's not about what you have or what you can give but just the human interaction."

More than 500 seniors received a Christmas day meal; the Schmidt's delivered 77-year-old Ruby Fine's.

"And the meals are good, nutritional. I appreciate all the things people do for me," Fine said.

She has used Mobile Meals for a year now and says it helps as she tries to recover from her second heart attack.

It's also been harder for her to fix meals since her husband, Jim, died four years ago.

Fine does recall some special memories with her husband during Christmas time saying, "One time I asked him if he would help me fix the Christmas meal, he said he would... and he was sitting down a lot but finally he said, 'Will your promise me something?' I said, 'What?' He said, 'That we'll never do this again and I mean it, not ever.'"

Fine laughed as she recalled that memory.

She hasn't cooked a Christmas meal since.

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