PARACHUTE/BATTLEMENT MESA - It's not every day that royalty serves you lunch.
You could say that's what happened though, when Chelsea Lorean, Ms. Western Colorado U.S. Universal 2013, delivered lunches to senior citizens and others in the quarterly "Meals on Heels" event held by Grand River's Meals on Wheels program on Friday, Nov. 30.
Lorean's commitment to the elderly is heartfelt, as she lost her "Nana" in 2006, after seeing dementia firsthand. Her experience, love and respect for her Nana fires her passion for assisting the elderly. Her platform as Ms. Western Colorado is to aid the elderly, especially those in hospice and with Alzheimer's disease.
"Giving back and working with the elderly play a huge role in my title and reign," Lorean said. "I would love to volunteer to help raise awareness for the Grand River Meals on Wheels program."
That focus included the Nov. 30 event, where Lorean brought her time - and smile - to Grand River's quarterly "Meals On Heels" delivery day. Hot meals were delivered to all Meals on Wheels clients in Parachute, Rifle, Silt and New Castle.
Lorean, a native Coloradan and a Rifle High School graduate, lives in Battlement Mesa with her young family. She helped spread a bit of pre-holiday cheer throughout Parachute and Battlement Mesa.
Complete with her festive sash, Lorean delivered meals to the elderly and brightened their day with her smile and warm comments. One recipient, June Moore, was very familiar with the pageant process, as she had a granddaughter who had competed in pageants. The two had much to talk about.
Grand River Meals on Wheels currently provides over 1,000 meals a month and the need grows as each month passes.
"The need for home delivered meals for the area's homebound seniors, disabled and recovering continues to grow," said Grand River Volunteer Manager Kaaren Peck. "I love it when new faces step up to the plate to help. Chelsea was a delight to work with. The faces of the meal recipients lit up as the saw Western Slope royalty delivering their meal!"
Peck adds that for some of the Meals on Wheels recipients, this is the only human contact they have each day.
The next Meals on Heels will be in March. To find out how to get involved and become a Meals on Wheels driver, contact Peck at 625-6423.