When Kathy Gold pulls up to people's doors to deliver Meals on Wheels in her yellow bug convertible, some call her "the lady bug," and others, "an angel."
For almost 20 years she has brought bags of cold sandwiches and hot meals to families in Weston. "They're the loveliest people and most grateful for anything anyone can do to help them," she says of the seven families in town that currently receive the meals three times a week.
The former coordinator of the program in town, Gold encourages others to do their part. "If everyone did one little thing in the community, what a great community it would be," she says. "Meals on Wheels is just a drop in the bucket." It takes her about an hour out of her day to make all the rounds.
Kathy and her husband, Gerry, moved to Weston in 1977. "We both looked around and said 'it's so beautiful here' and we said 'wouldn't it be great to raise our children here,'" she says. Knowing what it is like to be new in town, Kathy bakes an apple pie for every new neighbor that moves onto her street.
Before volunteering for Meals on Wheels, Gold worked as a nurse for several years in maternity and medical surgical and as a private school nurse. With tears in her eyes, she fondly recalls some of the children she met while working in the school. "If you ever need love, just work with these kids," she said between pauses to calm herself down. But when she was pregnant with her son Jason, now 31, she left nursing to be a mom, something she said she always wanted to be. "We're a really close family," she says. Her and Gerry still have weekly Sunday dinners with Jason and their daughter Jessy.
When she is not delivering meals or spending time with her family, Gold sings in the 78-member Ridgefield Chorale. "It's so much fun," she said. "It's uplifting; it makes you happy."
But making others happy is what Gold seems to do best. She recently started walking a dog for a neighbor who just lost her husband. And she plans to donate her hair to be used for wigs in a few months.
"It makes your life happier when you do good things for people," she said. "It enlightens your life and makes you a happier person."
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