Meet Mark Schessler, Meals on Wheels Volunteer (and Caring Clown!)
After living in Orlando, Florida for 30 years, Mark Schlesser decided to move his family back to the Lehigh Valley when he retired. A firm believer in “giving back to the community,” Mark began searching for ways he could offer his time and talents to those in need. When his brother-in-law approached him three years ago and asked him if he would like to take over his Meals On Wheels route (as he was going back to work), Mark didn’t hesitate.
Mark volunteers every Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 delivering meals to an average of 12 clients who live in the Southside Bethlehem/Fountain Hill/Saucon Valley area. Although it takes him only two hours to complete his route, he stated that he would gladly spend all afternoon as he loves talking to his clients and helping them as much as possible. For example, one of the clients on his route is confined to her home and physically limited. She sometimes asks Mark if he could possibly help her with little things, such as turning the page on her calendar. Mark is always happy to lend a hand. He recently gave a 3 foot shoehorn to one woman so that she would not have to struggle to put on her shoes. She couldn’t stop thanking him and told him she’s used it every day since.
“It’s so rewarding to go out and deliver meals to people. They are such a joy and so appreciative”, Mark added.
In addition to his Meals on Wheels route, Mark is also a “Caring Clown” who visits area hospitals, such as St. Luke’s in Bethlehem, in an effort to brighten the patients’ days and spread the gift of laughter. “I’ve considered wearing my clown outfit on my route, but I wouldn’t want to scare anyone,” he added.
Meals on Wheels of Northampton County is truly grateful for the support of all of it’s volunteers. For it is through the actions of selfless people, such as Mark Schlesser, that make the world a better place.