The View from South of the Potomac River: Meals on Wheels... at 10 Degrees in Alexandria, VA

Meals on Wheels... at 10 Degrees in Alexandria, VA

Chilly Delivery Day

Today was my first rotation for Alexandria Meals on Wheels this year... and I picked a heck of a day for it.  With the arctic blast coming in over night it was 8 degrees when I woke up this morning (Northern VA just across the Potomac from Washington, DC isn't used to single digits) but it inched up a few degrees by the time I arrived for my meals.  The cold did however give me a reason to finally wear a Christmas gift from 2012...  a Carhartt pullover from my mother-in-law.

 AJ Heidmann delivering for Meals on Wheels

(Not bad for my first selfie!)

Everyone on my route today was home today and in great spirits, despite the weather.  They all had working heat and very kind souls, as they were so thankful for me coming out in the weather to bring them the food.  Which warms me up in a different way than just heat... there is true gratitude and concern for others out there.  I get my regular dose several times a month.

Meals on Wheels in Alexandria City is coordinated by Senior Services of Alexandria and provides meals free of charge to qualifying residents or they can be purchased.  If you know of someone in Alexandria that may benefit from the program, they can go to or call 703-836-4414, ext 12.

One downside of delivering the meals is that the inside of my SUV smells soooo good by the end of run that I am starving!  Today's hot meal was beef with gravy, so you know what I wanted by the time I got home... Good thing I didn't join Alan's weight competition.


AJ Heidmann ~ CRS,  ABR

Cell 703-474-1260 ~ Office 703-717-6324 ~ Fax 703-839-8283

McEnearney Associates, Inc.

4720 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA  22207

Licensed in Virginia

Comment balloon 10 commentsAJ Heidmann ~ CRS • January 07 2014 09:57AM


Congratulations. I think it is great you contribute your time to a great cause. All part of giving back.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) over 6 years ago

Great post, AJ. You should be proud of yourself for working with Meals on Wheels.

Posted by Jill Winchel, We make it easy. You make it home. (Royal Shell Real Estate - The Koffman Group ) over 6 years ago

Bill - It is a good cause and very rewarding, the regulars on the route are the best.

Jill - Thanks, but it's just about an hour and 15 minutes of effort, not much at all.

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) over 6 years ago

AJ, You are a good soul to deliver these meals in this severe cold. The recipients depend on that hot meal and it may be the only good meal they have that day.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago


You are a honorable, giving person for being involved in Meals on Wheels, anytime.  I now there are many who appreciate the important work you are doing.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 6 years ago

You are a wonderful individual to give your time on such a frigid day.   These are the volunteer duties that are memorable.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 6 years ago


What a wonderful way to give back, and glad your mother-in-law had given the perfect sweater to be warm in. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 6 years ago

Debbie - Thanks for the compliment... they do look forward to the meals

Jeff - I'll use your comment in the future whenever someone wants a reference

Joan - It is enjoyable... and so easy and quick to do

Alexandra - I wanted something within our city and this fit the bill.  I've been waiting for it to get cold enough to wear it... and now she'll stop asking.

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) over 6 years ago

What a wonderful way to pay it forward by serving in your community. It warmed my heart just reading about it! It is always a blessing to be a part of God's blessings. :)

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 6 years ago

Joni - It just feels good, so I am carving out time in 2014 for this program and volunteering at my son's elementary school... we have the ability to create our own balance.

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) over 6 years ago