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Woodhaven residents enjoy a special breakfast delivery

Posted May 11, 2020

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Officer Delerick 'Del' McNeal greeted Woodhaven residents with a warm breakfast and a friendly smile.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for some Woodhaven residents their morning meal was brought to them in an especially meaningful way recently.

During this unprecedented time, there are many neighbors undergoing daily challenges, elevated stress and health issues generated by COVID-19. These challenges can lead to increased isolation and may escalate issues for homebound folks.

Fort Worth Police Officer Delerick “Del” McNeal, neighborhood patrol officer (NPO) for the Woodhaven area, recognized a need to check in on some of these residents. To make his check-in more impactful, he collaborated with the Waffle House off of East Loop 820 to deliver a full breakfast to 25 residents. He contacted the Woodhaven Neighborhood Association and nearby apartment complexes to determine which neighbors could use a friendly visit and meal.

The donated meals were delivered by McNeal and were well-received by all.

“It’s important to help others when we are able,” McNeal said. “I try to do my part.”

“I witnessed the delivery of meals to two of my aging neighbors who have encountered major health issues,” said Woodhaven Neighborhood Association President Clarita Porter. “They were quite surprised by this generous gesture and were all smiles and happy tears after.”

Porter offered “a round of applause for NPO McNeal and the Waffle House Manager, Michael, for sparking hope in our neighborhood.”

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