It's not every day you see Mike Palmer taking a microwave for a walk. It may look strange, but he is delivering the appliance to help fight hunger. Palmer watched Hunger: Feeding the Need; a KELOLAND News Special on Tuesday. During one story about Meals on Wheels, a volunteer named Duane Rhoadarmer said something that touched Palmer.
"I have one man that I've been trying to convince to be on it and all he eats is sandwiches with tuna fish because he doesn't cook. He doesn't have a microwave, but he doesn't want to go on the program but he's very much in need of it," Rhoadarmer said, during the hunger special.
Palmer gave the new 1100 watt microwave to Rhoadarmer, to give to someone on his route who needs it. Though it was just collecting dust in Palmer's home, Rhoadarmer said it will not take him long to find someone who will put the gift to good use.
"A lot of times, it's a handicapped person that has difficulty using very many cooking facilities, so a microwave or something simple to use is helpful to them if they can use it," Rhoadarmer said.
It may not seem like much to many people, but Palmer knows there is a big need for small acts of kindness.
"People are hungry now, and if we can get an early start on this, and make the community aware that people need help now, we don't need to wait until the major holidays," Palmer said.
Over the next two weeks, we are challenging you to do what you can to end hunger in your community and across the state. One idea might be starting a collection at work or at school. It does not matter if it is spare change or cans of food, if we all work together, it will add up fast. Just go to our "Hunger: Feeding The Need" page on KELOLAND.com to find ideas of what you can do to help. Share your stories with us online, and we can all inspire each other.
Then on September 20 we'll have a drop off at KELOLAND television and everything you bring in will go directly to Feeding South Dakota.
In this case, just by donating a microwave, Rhoadarmer said Palmer is taking the steps to make a difference. Both men hope the gift inspires others to do the same.
"It doesn't take a lot sometimes to make someone especially happy," Rhoadarmer said.