Christmas angel at Allen Manor

by Barbara Lewis 21. December 2010 10:49

The Allen Manor resident was in a bind. She had called a cab to go to the doctor and paid the fare for a round trip – but the driver never returned to pick her up. Another patient became aware of her problem, and when his brother-in-law came to pick him up, the two men offered to bring the resident back to Allen Manor in Grand Rapids. Lonnie McCaleb, the driver, stopped in at the office to tell manager Kimberly Sleet the story. Allen Manor has 24 HUD-subsidized apartments for low-income seniors. McCaleb, a caterer, was so impressed by the building and the residents that he offered to bring every resident a Christmas Eve dinner. “He didn’t want to imagine any senior without a holiday dinner,” said Kimberly. “He said this is his chance to give back to the community for the many blessings he has had.”

A story about delivering the Christmas Eve dinners appeared in the Grand Rapids Press on Dec. 25, 2010. Read it here.

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