SUMMIT, NJ - Bev and Ray Casarico of New Providence have been selected as SAGE Eldercare's 'Sweethearts of the Year' for 2020. Each year, a 'couple' of standout 'Meals on Wheels' volunteers is bestowed the 'Sweetheart' honor.

The couple began volunteering after they retired. “I was driving on Broad Street and saw the sign at SAGE,” said Bev, “I thought it would be a nice thing for Ray and I to do together.” The couple delivers meals in the Springfield area on Fridays.

Asked what they enjoy most about being volunteers, the couple replied that they are happy to give caregivers one less thing to worry about, like cooking a meal. They’re also glad to provide a watchful eye for those clients living alone who may not have another visitor all day. “We’ve gotten to experience the good work SAGE does and are so happy to be a part of it,” Bev said. The couple also volunteers at the surgical family waiting area at Morristown Medical Center (Bev) and the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County (Ray).

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Married for 52 years, the couple -- originally from the Pittsburgh area -- met through mutual friends when Bev was a nursing student and Ray was studying for his CPA. The have a son and a daughter along with five grandchildren, ages 12 to 20. For fun, Bev and Ray like to attend their grandchildren’s sporting events. There are a lot of them: soccer, softball, track and basketball. “We go to all of them,” said Bev with a big smile. They also enjoy eating out with friends and make an annual trip to Aruba every winter.

To learn more about becoming a 'Meals on Wheels' volunteer, call 908-273-5554.