Thursday, March 6, 2014

98-Year-Old Woman Drives Kindness in her Retirement Home.

Evelyn is 98 yrs. old and drives her friends who can no longer do so.

Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.

Evelyn, who resides in a retirement home is 98 years old and takes "love thy neighbor" to a whole new level of kindness.

When the retirement community where the nonagenarian lives discontinued its' bus service, her neighbor Joyce was unable to go to the grocery store. This affected Evelyn as much as it did Joyce. Knowing that Joyce might have to switch facilities, Evelyn took matters into her own hands.

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Upon hearing that services were being cut at the retirement home, Evelyn didn’t complain or petition the facility to restore transportation services. She did none of that. What she did shocked everyone. 

At age 98, Evelyn went to the Dept. of Motor Vehicles and renewed her driver's license so she could drive Joyce to the supermarket. She decided to help her neighbors, starting with Joyce.

Sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.

Evelyn didn’t think twice about helping her neighbors in the assisted living facility.

"I'm on the earth, I'm here. If I can contribute, I should. Shouldn't we all? And not just think of ourselves?" Evelyn said

Evelyn doesn't seek recognition for helping Joyce or her other “neighbors”.

"I mean, I don't do this so you think I'm great," she said. "I don't even think of that." She chooses that her last name and location remain anonymous.

I think the secret to Evelyn’s longevity is her innate kindness. She doesn’t have an angry bone in her body. She emanates love. And, her neighbors love her in return.

Evelyn and Joyce shopping for dinner.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
― Anne Frank, The diary of Anne Frank

Nancy Burban 2014

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1 comment:

  1. Absolutely wonderful, Nancy. Thank you for sharing this brilliant story of human love, compassion, and kindness. Very inspiring, indeed. Kindness is, without doubt, a healing and energizing force in our lives!


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