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Mario Andretti revved up as volunteer for Meals on Wheels

Mario Andretti revved up as volunteer for Meals on Wheels

TATAMY, Pa. - He's known for driving fast, but champion race car driver Mario Andretti got behind the wheel Tuesday for a different reason in hopes that others will follow his lead.

Andretti volunteered for Meals on Wheels during "champions week," raising awareness of senior hunger and encouraging community action.

"It's a part of my day when I know I am going to, you know, to look forward to, and we chat a little bit,"said Brenda Tigar, who was part of Andretti's route.

The Tatamy, Northampton Co., resident has muscular dystrophy and said without meal delivery, she doesn't know what she would do.

But volunteer Nick Lopano said there's much more to the community service.

"We go food shopping if you need it. We kind of check on people, make sure they are OK," said Lopano.

Lopano said he had a good time driving with Andretti and did let him get behind the wheel, but he said there's room in the driver's seat for anyone with a big heart.

"The neat part is that you don't have to be famous to make somebody's day," said Lopano.

To find out how you can help or to volunteer, call your local Meals on Wheels.

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