Ralph Morris, 90, Delivers Food to Needy for Meals on Wheels
90-year--old Ralph Morris delivers food each week for his local Meals on Wheels non-profit branch.
For close to 30 years, Ralph Morris has been getting in his car every Friday morning to deliver prepared meals to the elderly through the non-profit Meals on Wheels. But these days, when he greets residents, he finds that most of them are younger than him.
He recalls a visit several years ago, when a woman in her mid-70s told him she was “just no good.” “You’re just a kid,” he replied. He was already in his late 80s then—and now, he’s crossed the threshold of his 90th birthday.
Morris has lived in the Aliquippa, Pennylvania area all his life. He served as manager of power and utilities at a local steel mill until he retired in 1982. He and his wife Dorothy lived in the house he built in 1943 for more than 60 years. In 1995, though, Dorothy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and began a long, slow decline. She finally passed away in 2008. “I took care of her,” he told the Beaver Times. “She did pretty well.”
The couple would have celebrated their 70th anniversary last month. Even though Morris now lives alone, he’s not lonely. Each Friday, his deliveries are met by grateful neighbors. They appreciate the food he provides them, which they are no longer able to prepare on their own—and they’re also inspired to see someone his age still serving his community.
Despite his advancing age, Morris has no intention to stop his deliveries. Chances are, Aliquippa residents will be welcoming this Meals on Wheels volunteer to their door for a long time to come.Filed under: Heroes, Non-Profits,
Liked this? You'll love these, too:
8 Surprising Strategies for Becoming a Centenarian
If you want to live to 100 and beyond, try these expert-recommended tips for longevity. Read More
Tim’s Place: The Restaurant that Serves Breakfast with a Side of Hugs
Tim Harris, a young man with Down's syndrome, hasn't let his disability stop him from opening a restaurant in New Mexico. Read More
A Fallen Soldier’s Last Gift: Bruce Hays and the Apache Project
After soldier Bruce Hays died in Afghanistan, his Wisconsin neighbors worked to restore an old truck that he'd promised to his wife Terry. Read More
Scientist Aubrey De Grey Claims Humans Can Live to 1,000
The anti-aging expert claims that the secrets of eternal youth are just a few scientific discoveries away. Read More
Positive Stories from the Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Tragedy
Here are a few signs of hope to come out of the tragic shooting at "Batman Rises" in Aurora, Colorado. Read More
To our free daily newsletter, featuring good news from around the world, exclusive interviews with changemakers, guest columns, and subscriber-only weekly giveaways and special offers. Your privacy is secure with us, we will never spam you or sell your email address. Enter your email address below or click here to learn more about what you will receive.
- Stanislav Petrov: The Man Who Saved the World by Doing Nothing
- Miracle Fruit Makes (Almost) Everything Delicious
- Hachiko: The World’s Most Loyal Dog
- Liam Hoekstra, Superbaby: Toddler Born with Superhuman Strength
- Mugging Attempt Gets Thwarted by Real-Life Ninjas