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Giving Now and in the Future
We often highlight those individuals who are served by Meals-on-Wheels and the impact that is made on them by the dedicated volunteers. But as any volunteer can tell you, it’s not just a one-way reward. More

Herbie Stone Celebrates 100th Birthday
Still living in the home she purchased in 1979, Ms. Herbie Stone couldn't imagine being anywhere else on her 100th birthday. In fact, it was just a little more than two years ago that Herbie began to slow down from her active lifestyle. More

Meals-on-Wheels Experiences Come Full Circle
Meals-on-Wheels touches people's lives in a variety of ways. Many times it is through receiving services or volunteering. Frequently it is through helping family members take care of a loved one. This experience involves all three! Written by Lorna Smith of Cleburne, she explains the many roles Meals-on-Wheels has played in her life. More

Local Steel Companies Partner to Make a Difference
Several local steel companies have teamed up to provide nearly $600,000 of steel, fabrication and erection services for the new kitchen facility. Basden Steel, Bosworth Steel Erectors, Ennis Steel, Gerdau, Structural Steel Services and Thornton Steel Co. recently met to discuss how they could provide the needed structural components of the building. More

Celebrating 35 Years of Delivering Peace of Mind
Gas was 65 cents a gallon, Jimmy Carter was in the White House and the world lost "the king" when Elvis died. The year was 1977. Several women who recognized a growing need in the community were cooking meals in school cafeterias and church kitchens so that lunch could be delivered to a few people in need. More

Legacy Society Created
Norma Schaefer possessed two guilty pleasures in her otherwise frugal lifestyle: an affection for luxury automobiles and a fondness for fashion. Yet with her late husband's three patents drawing consistent royalties and a propensity for pulling purse strings, she left a lasting impression on many foundations, organizations and others who have reaped the benefits of her penny-wise lifestyle since her death in February 2011. More

Four Generations of Support Continues Today
Joylee is "the real McCoy" when it comes to volunteerism. And so are her son and grandson—both figuratively and literally. More

Gerdau's Generous Donation Aids Kitchen Campaign
The Gerdau steel mill in Midlothian will donate more than $200,000 worth of structural and reinforcement steel to the Meals-on-Wheels Kitchen Campaign project. More

Providing Comfort With Food and Friendship
Laverne Love makes her home in Odessa, Texas. Her mother, Luciler Mosley of Waxahachie, has lived most of her 90-plus years in Ellis County. More

Volunteering…a Timeless Tradition
The iceman cometh—literally. Meals-on-Wheels volunteer Les Todd, 93, of Burleson, remembers the days when he was a teenage iceman and refrigeration required a daily ration of ice for the icebox. More

Volunteer Provides Friendship, Meals to Homebound
Jeff Steele was perusing the local paper when he discovered a press release that piqued his interest—a plea for volunteers to deliver Meals-on-Wheels in the area. More

Burton Family to Be Honored During 30th Annual Philanthropy Day
The Burton family comes by their philanthropic prowess naturally. Their mentor, Dr. Jack Burton, was not only a devoted father and husband, he was a humanitarian—faithfully leading the charge throughout his life. More

Support Is a Multifaceted Gemstone...
One of the most brilliant jewels in the Meals-on-Wheels family comes from the community's churches, through contributions of time, talent and financial support to the elderly and disabled. More

Celebrating the "Greatest Generation"
Robert Spearman ambles along behind his walker at a sluggish rate while one of two feline friends, Ms. Kitty, bounces around the room like a ball in a pinball machine. More

Medals of Honor: Service Then and Now
Each day, Meals-on-Wheels touches the lives of the clients throughout our communities, but the volunteers who deliver meals are touched just the same. More

Come Share History: Serving the "Greatest Generation"
Each day, Meals-on-Wheels touches the lives of more than 750 elderly people throughout our community who are homebound and disabled. More

Volunteer—Share Your Experience With Others!
High school sophomore Cody Crow is not your typical teenager. Oh sure, he enjoys a cheese-laden slice of pepperoni pizza like any other American adolescent. More

Meals-on-Wheels Kicks Off the Kitchen Campaign
Despite blustering winds and cooler temperatures, over 300 supporters from all over northern Texas came out on March 28 to the Meals-on-Wheels Night Under the Stars kickoff celebration. More

Running the Race
Boyce Gatewood, a longtime resident of Cleburne, is just one of the 700 people Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties serves every day. More

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Meals on Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

TYPES OF BEQUESTS

HOW TO MAKE A BEQUEST

The following is sample language for a bequest:

“I give ($_______ dollars, or _______ percent of the residue of my estate, or specific assets) as an unrestricted gift to Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, a Texas 501(c) (3) community benefit organization (for its general purposes, or for the benefit of its programs).”

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Meals on Wheels or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Meals on Wheels as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Meals on Wheels as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Meals on Wheels where you agree to make a gift to Meals on Wheels and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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