MINNEAPOLIS — Trisha Williams is thankful for her independence this Thanksgiving.
Nearly 30 years ago, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system.
“I felt vulnerable,” said Williams. “As I think anyone would when you're not able to be in control. When I was diagnosed with this, I didn't know how much my life could be independent.”
The illness affects Williams’ ability to walk, and it used to impact her energy levels.
“You deal with fatigue issues,” she said.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society connected her with Open Arms, a nonprofit that delivers free, medically-tailored meals to people with chronic illnesses.
“When you have those issues, to have the meals that you can just pop in the microwave makes life a little more simpler,” she said.
It has been a busy week for Open Arms. They will be delivering nearly 6,000 Thanksgiving meals and using about 20,000 pounds of turkey to pull it off.
“The clients are so appreciative,” said long-time volunteer Cynthia Wheeler.
Wheeler’s in-laws used the service.
“I think a lot of people wouldn't be able to be in their home if they didn't have this service,” said Wheeler. “I don't think they would have that option. And the fact that they have home-cooked meals, that will be good nourishment.
Open Arms will be expanding to a St. Paul location next year and are looking for more volunteers. To learn more, click here.
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