Two women volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 40 years & counting

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DECATUR, Ala. - 325 meals are served every day by meals on wheels volunteers in Decatur.

On average they see 50 different volunteers a week, some that come once and others that give for a lifetime.

Battle Hamilton and Lou Underwood say delivering food is something they've always done together. "It just wouldn't be a Monday if we didn't go," said Hamilton.

They describe it as something they "get" to do; saying it's more enjoyment for them than it has ever been work. How long has this dynamic duo been delivering meals?

"Good question," said Underwood. "We honestly don't know. We think it's around 40 [years]," said Hamilton.

In the last 40 years, they've served meals into the thousands for those who wouldn't be able to do it themselves. "It's a nice feeling, it is," said Underwood.

And it's a feeling they pass on to all of those they meet. "They say that sometimes we're the only people they talked to that day," said Hamilton.

When asked why they continue to volunteer after so many years, Underwood said, "It's something we can do with just a short amount of time and it does make a difference to people.

"And it's so little. So many more people do so much more than we do," said Hamilton.

Tomorrow is united way of Morgan County's Day of Caring. If you'd like to follow in the footsteps of Battle Hamilton and Lou Underwood by volunteering, Click here.

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