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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The last time we visited Meals on Wheels, they told us they were really hurting for volunteers, but since our stories aired, they say the response has been overwhelming.

Meals on Wheels told us they were at crisis levels, desperate to replace aging volunteers who were having trouble keeping up with a heavy work load.

Coordinator Jeanie Glynn says, “We weren’t getting new volunteers, so we were having a lot of holes that it was very hard to fill.”

But after our stories aired alongside reports from our news partners The Huntsville Times, the organization received an admirable response.

Glynn says, “We were overwhelmed almost with responses, either phone calls or e-mails, from people who wanted to help.”

They’ve got their routes covered, but they know their base of volunteers will always evolve.

Glynn explains, “That need will always be there.  Hopefully though, we won’t reach crisis situation like we did the last time.”

Meals on Wheels still has one very large need.

It’s hoping a church will come forward and open its facilities to the group, so it can expand services to rural areas of Madison County.