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Taxi drivers give up wages, use own gas, to deliver meals to homebound

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Updated: 11/29/2013 12:04 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On this day of food and family, dozens of taxi drivers gave up their mornings -- and their earnings -- to deliver meals to the area homebound.

Budgets are being slashed. Money is tight. And it's becoming harder to make ends meet. But this Thanksgiving, Brenda Reynolds isn't charging a dime.

It's not always easy making a living as a taxi driver. Reynolds' livelihood depends on how many people call her for rides. But she didn't hesitate.

"It's the time you're supposed to share and give and help those who can't help themselves," she said.

For the first time this Thanksgiving, Reynolds joined a long line of taxicab drivers who spent the morning personally delivering Thanksgiving dinner to Meals on Wheels recipients. She uses her own gas and doesn't make a cent for her travels.

"Good measures pressed down, shaken together and will runneth over so I know God will give me back more than what I give out. Because the more you give the more you receive," she said.

She said the smile she gets as she hands off the goods is worth more than money can buy.

And her generosity is equally as appreciated by Eliza Cooper.

"Oh I appreciate it very, very much," Cooper said of the delivery of her warm meal.

Reynolds said it is tough knowing she may be the only smiling face Cooper sees all day.

"I was happy to be able to touch her heart. And give back," Reynolds said.

Action News has learned the need has gone up in recent years. Some 500 people were delivered meals from taxi drivers this Thanksgiving.

Reynolds was so touched by some of the people she delivered meals to Thursday, she planned to stop by and visit them again later so they don't spend the holiday alone.
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Fred Thompson - 11/30/2013 12:41 AM
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Another story of HOPE for humanity THANK GOD ALMIGHTY!!

nativejax - 11/29/2013 1:56 PM
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There are still true hero's out here in this world. May God Bless them and keep them. We need many more like them.

whosaysnocan - 11/29/2013 5:33 AM
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Great blessings for each of these people. When anyone gives even when they are struggling, He knows and pours out His love and blessing on them. Bravo to each of them!
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