There at the right time: Helena Meals on Wheels driver helps elderly man who collapsed

Phil Drake

Sophie Van Luvanee was in-between jobs a couple of years ago and looking for something to occupy her time.

She then volunteered one day a week at Meals on Wheels through the Rocky Mountain Development Council Inc. and found herself delivering 42 meals to the elderly in a 15-mile route that took her through west Helena.

The amount of time spent at each stop varies, Van Luvanee said, as some folks like to visit, some folks just take their meals and go inside to eat and some folks don’t want to chat at all and have their meals dropped at the front door.

On Nov. 3, Van Luvanee stopped at the home of one client who she said likes to joke. But on this visit he seemed different. She asked him if he was OK, he said “No” and then collapsed on the floor.

So on that day, the 61-year-old Van Luvanee knows she was just where she needed to be.

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