Earlier today Senator Timothy M. Kennedy presented a proclamation to Meals on Wheels for WNY volunteers Carol and Frank Pytel as part of 2015 National Senior Citizens Day.

The proclamation reads (in part) “Whereas, a great state is only as great as those individuals who perform exemplary service on behalf of their community, whether through unique achievement in professional or other endeavors, or simply through a record of outstanding service and citizenship; and whereas, on the occasion of 2015 National Senior Citizens Day, we take the opportunity to recognize the contributions made and present to the community Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Carol Pytel.”

Frank and Carol Pytel have delivered Meals on Wheels through MOW-WNY’s South Cheektowaga site since 2003.  In addition to developing deep relationships with many of the clients they visit, the retired couple also brings their nine-year-old granddaughter along on delivers as often as possible.  The Pytels deliver year-round – in heat, and  rain and bitterly cold snow.  They have found numerous clients in precarious situations over the years, including several who had fallen and injured themselves or otherwise needed medical attention.

“The Pytels truly embody our volunteer spirit of ‘share an hour, save a life,” Rachel Leidenfrost, Chief Communications Officer, Meals on Wheels for WNY, said.  “The relationships they’ve built with clients and the attention they pay to details have helped them enable independence for the homebound.  Frank and Carol deliver much more than meals.  They deliver friendship, smiles, laughs and peace of mind.”

Senator Kennedy’s proclamation goes on to acknowledge the Pytels for forming “exceptional bonds with clients” and honors their “noble aims and accomplishments.”

Meals on Wheels for WNY always needs additional volunteers who want to make a difference in the community just like the Pytels do; people can learn more about volunteer opportunities