HONESDALE— Representatives from the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) awarded local Meals on Wheels driver George Piercy a commemorative certificate for his twenty years of dedicated service to the organization.
Presenting the plaque to Piercy, Wayne County Human Resources Administrator Andrea Whyte stated the award is a token of the aging office's appreciation, “...not only because you deliver meals here and have for several years, but because you have given to this whole community for as long as I can remember.
“You deserve every accolade and … you deserve our thanks.”
Piercy's volunteerism stretches back to his teenage years, when he pledged himself to protect the community through joining the Seelyville Fire Company at 16 years old.
Now in his eighties, Piercy has continually served for nearly seventy years.
All these years later, he still dedicates himself as a member, as well as giving back through his service in the aging office.
Upon receiving the aging office's award, Piercy said, “I appreciate it and I enjoy doing [the work]. That's why I do what I do.
“I don't do this for handshakes and pats on the back, I just do it. If I can help somebody, that's what I'm there for.”
Speaking about Meals on Wheels, Piercy stated, “This is a good program. A lot of people might not understand it or appreciate it.”
One of the most rewarding aspects Piercy finds on the job is the chance to meet and visit with the people on his delivery route.
“ … the personal contact with somebody means a lot to these elderly people,” he said.
When the clients have somebody that they can talk to, “... it just brightens up their day,” he added.
Piercy explained on several occasions he's found meal recipients in a state of peril and wasted no time seeing to their needs.
On two separate occasions, Piercy recalled entering a home where a fire alarm was going off due to food left on a stove-top burner.
On other occasions, Piercy said he's found fallen clients on the floor and helped them to their feet if they were able or got appropriate help if it was needed.
Whyte stated of Piercy, “In this community, he's been a stalwart for as long as I can remember!”
She recounted a few times he rolled onto his delivery scene coming from a fire or left to attend to one after.
Attesting to Piercy's commitment, Whyte stated, “He doesn't like getting accolades, he just wants to help people.”