Ask Diane Cording about her memories as a Project Angel Heart volunteer meal delivery driver in Colorado Springs, and you will get a long answer. She might tell you about a man with yellow eyes who obsessed about football. Or a cheery woman and her many photographs detailing her long military service. Or a husband and wife who always came out to greet her on behalf of their ill daughter. Each of these people, and numerous others, are Project Angel Heart clients and people Diane remembers from her driving routes.
“I feel a bit selfish being a driver,” Diane said, “because with just about every delivery, I receive the heartfelt ʻthank youʼ that is meant for all of us!”
Diane's mother died in 1991 of HIV she contracted during a blood transfusion. Diane and her father started delivering meals together as a father‑daughter team in 2006. He would drive and she would navigate and carry the bags to the clients. Over the years, Diane has witnessed several clients and their children or parents dealing with the effects of life‑threatening illness, including losing homes due to medical expenses and loss of life.
Despite almost losing her own home in Mountain Shadows during the recent Colorado Springs wildfires, Diane found stability through helping others. Even after she and her dog Annie evacuated, “Delivering Project Angel Heart meals on the following Saturday was like a return to normal for me,” Diane said. “Annie and I delivered the bags and felt sane again. As though the world had not ended.”
“I wish we had more drivers,” said Diane, speaking of the shortage of volunteer delivery drivers in her area. Because of this shortage, many clients in the Colorado Springs area are on a waitlist, with some waiting months to begin services. “If people knew how rewarding it is, they would drive,” Diane said. “I look at every delivery as an opportunity for doing something good and helping someone in need.”
If you live in Colorado Springs, join Diane and other volunteers by signing up for a volunteer orientation at the First United Methodist Church.
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