When Ashok Aurora arrived at a Wichita senior center last week to deliver meals, everyone was surprised to see him.
“I thought it was a snow day,” they told him.
But not for Aurora. Not even on Wichita’s icy roads.
He volunteers for three local organizations, including Meals on Wheels, which delivers hot meals to homebound Wichitans. Aurora said he is proof that staying active in old age is necessary.
“If you don’t have anything to do,” Aurora said, “… you’re going to fade away in no time.”
Aurora, 81, volunteers five days a week, sometimes more. Monday through Wednesday, he delivers 24 meals a day for Meals on Wheels. Thursday and Friday, Aurora drives elderly patients to and from their doctor’s appointments for the Red Cross.
He also volunteers for Harry Hynes Hospice. Before his wife died, Aurora promised her he would give back to the hospice program for the care it provided her.
“I’ve lived in (Wichita) for 31 years,” Aurora said. “The city has been very good to me. I raised my kids here.
“This is my way of giving back … something I wish I could have done before.”