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'We just want to know how you've been doing in this heat': Meals on Wheels checks in

Meals on Wheels driver Kelli Glazener delivers the goods for at least 20 seniors on her Eugene route. But as a heat wave grips the region, Glazener is handing out more than mashed potatoes and salad. (SBG/Tom Adams)

EUGENE, Ore. - Meals on Wheels driver Kelli Glazener delivers the goods for at least 20 seniors on her Eugene route.

But as a heat wave grips the region, Glazener is handing out more than mashed potatoes and salad.

"We like to do a daily check-in on all of our clients to see if they're all doing OK in this heat wave," she says. "We like to remind them to keep their fans on--keep windows closed in the heat of the day.

Glazener hands out a tip sheet to Don Watts and other seniors on her route.

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"We just want to know how you've been doing in this heat lately," she explains.

It's timely advice on hydration and limiting their exposure to heat.

"If they have to, go to a friends' house where there may be air conditioning or something like that," says Dawn Marie Woodward with Food for Lane County. "That's one of the tips we often offer."

It's advice that goes a long way to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community to keep their cool, offered by people like Glazener.

"Be sure to call us," she tells a meal recipient in parting, "if there's anything we can do for you, OK?"

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