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Volunteering can be a fun job

Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Densel McGee and Don Thurman have fun on their routes with Meals on Wheels. There is never a dull moment with these two characters. Photo by Emily McIntosh
I was on the road again with Meals on Wheels traveling with Densel McGee and Don Thurman, also known as Joker, this time on what's commonly called the Myrtle route.

It's a bit longer than the normal routes but that doesn't mean it's any less interesting, especially with Densel driving and Joker telling jokes and running meals out to people.

Sometimes Joker's jokes can be a little dry, other times they're a bit raunchy and other times they're down right funny. It comes and goes.

"If you get tired of him (his jokes) just tell him to shut up, and he'll shut up," Densel said.

"Yup," Joker said.

One time, Joker said, the Fun and Friends Senior Center asked those who came to the center why they came and to write it down. Joker had a witty response, of course. He said he wrote, "Why do I come to the center? Most of all I come to see my friends and folks and tell them all my silly jokes. But more than three, there is no doubt, they'll come and throw me out. I also come to funs a bunch, and, yes, I also come for punch."

"I didn't win. Can you imagine that?" Joker said.

When he's running behind, Densel said he has to give Joker some incentive to go faster. "If you don't hurry, you're going to miss the salad bar," Densel said.

"Oh, I don't want to miss the salad bar," Joker said.

During this trip, Densel was trying to get Joker used to reading the chart and memorizing who gets what on the route. Densel was being a strict teacher. "You get an F on that one, Joker," Densel said when Joker nearly forgot the milk.

"Boy, if I had you for a teacher, I'd never pass," Joker said.

But, everything is all in good fun and is for a good cause. No one's going to punish you for volunteering and having a good time all at once. That's what volunteering is all about.

For more information about Meals on Wheels or how to volunteer or receive meals call the Fun and Friends Senior Center at 264-7354.



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