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101-Year-Old Volunteer for Meals on Wheels Still Rolling Along

101-Year-Old Volunteer for Meals on Wheels Still Rolling Along

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:29 AM

A 101-year-old volunteer for Meals on Wheels is still rolling, driving two routes every Monday with his 73-year-old daughter to help others, Florida Today reported earlier this month.

Edward Kydd told the newspaper that the work allows him to stay engaged with people on a regular basis and is proof that there is no age limit to volunteering.

"I think the reason I'm going to be 102 in July is because I've stayed active," Kydd, who retired with his wife to Brevard County, Florida, in 1989, told Florida Today. "I've met people, done things I've liked to do, met people I enjoy.

"And every Wednesday, I read to a group of elderly seniors on Merritt Island," Kydd added.

The newspaper wrote that Kydd travels to the Brevard Community Kitchen in Cocoa, Florida, every Monday to load his car with coolers full of food. He then delivers meals to homebound seniors in the Rockledge area with daughter, Janet von Berg, Florida Today said.

Von Berg, a retired American Red Cross official, stepped in to help her father after her mother, Helen, died in 2012, according to the newspaper. Kydd said many of the people he has come across have lived interesting lives.

"Janet has taken over a lot of the talking, but there are so many stories, so many fascinating jobs these people have held," Kydd told Florida Today. "Whatever their reason is for needing the meal, we're there for them."

The Casper Star Tribune in Wyoming wrote about Elmer Hoke in December, a 92-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer who is older than most of the people on the route he serves.

Hoke, a World War II veteran, has been a driver for Meals on Wheels in Natrona County, Wyoming, for 20 years, driving every weekday, the newspaper said. He said everyone needs assistances at one time or another.

"It wouldn't hurt you a bit I guess to do it in advance when you're able to do it," Hoke told the Star Tribune about volunteering. "So, you get a kind of a reprieve from it when somebody helps you. Nobody is exempt."

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A 101-year-old volunteer for Meals on Wheels is still rolling, driving two routes every Monday with his 73-year-old daughter to help others in Brevard County, Florida.
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