NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - With a basket and a big personality, Barry Coggins has delivered hope around Nashville, as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

"It's like a good habit to have," said the Nashville singer-songwriter. "We do it every Thursday."

A public service announcement first pulled him in. "I figure I got it from my mother, Myrtle," said Coggins.

"I'm one of four boys, and she was a big cook. Food was important."

Coggins says his first delivery was a senior center in Dallas.

He hasn't stopped--for 34 years.

Coggins says two things keep him knocking. "Joy," Coggins said choking back tears. "That's pretty much it. And fellowship."

While he's written and recorded more than a dozen albums, plays gigs around town, and sings in the church choir,

Coggins says what he does every Thursday shines brighter than any gold record.

"It's wonderful thing to share conversation and food with a lot of people are shut-ins," Coggins added. "And they enjoy company."

Coggins is hosting his annual golf tournament to raise money for Meals on Wheels on Saturday, September 28th at Nashboro Village.

For his 20th year with Meals on Wheels’ Fifty Forward Fresh program, he's trying to raise $20,000.

If you'd like to help go to https://fiftyforward.org/donate/.

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Tracy Kornet is an award-winning anchor, host and writer. She joined News4 in September 2014.

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