Making a Difference: Retired couple cooks food for the homebound

Making a Difference: Retired couple cooks food for the homebound

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Charlie and Mary Brown spend their retirement years making sure others don't miss a meal.

"We have the time and it's nice to go meet the people," said Charlie Brown.

The Browns serve food to people who are homebound.

Charlie retired from the military many years ago and later as a realtor. Today, he covers a lot of ground with his wife in their trusty car to deliver meals on wheels for the Montgomery Area Council on Aging.

"We enjoy getting out and helping people," said Charlie.

"We usually deliver about 12 meals a day, and we do it anywhere from one to four times a week," said Mary.

The entire route near downtown Montgomery takes about an hour, but it's an hour that often changes Mary and Charlie for the better as individuals.

"It definitely makes us more aware," said Mary.

Although blind, Jimmy Henry feels their kindness. He can't imagine what his life would be like without Charlie and Mary.

"Well, I think it's wonderful. I do have some health issues and this helps me with my cooking," said Henry.

It's estimated that more than 300 people receive meals everyday from MACOA and for the Browns it's time well spent.

"Oh, no we're never tired. We always look forward to going on our own," said Mary.

MACOA says it could use more drivers like the Browns.

Whether it's up the steps to an apartment or a home down the street, Mary and Charlie Brown do what they do because this is part of their lives, serving up a healthy plate of goodness and friendship.

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