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COLUMN: Volunteer opportunities at McHarrie Life - You're never too old to volunteer

— In June 2010, our Syracuse Home Auxiliary celebrated a very special occasion - Eleanor Schurman's upcoming July 1 100th birthday as well as acknowledging her passion for volunteering and her support of our Auxiliary at Syracuse Home.

Eleanor arrived in Baldwinsville in 2000 after the death of her husband in order to be near her children. At the urging of her son, John, who knew our Activities Director Rita Nadzan, she immediately became involved with volunteering at Syracuse Home.

So, at age 90, she began playing Scrabble with our residents and for many, many years was known as "the mending lady," repairing tears and lost buttons.

Last January, Eleanor, then age 101, decided not to renew her driver's license, so now when she volunteers every Tuesday, a member of the Canton Woods craft group picks her up so she can join them crocheting afghans and caps for cancer patients.

Eleanor is an amazing woman and an inspiration to us all – you’re never too old, never too young and never too busy to do something for someone else.

A recent study ended with the surprising conclusion that busy people who spent precious time for a charitable cause felt they had more time to themselves at the end of the day than those who performed self-interested tasks. The researchers found that those persons who squeezed in a good deed felt good about themselves, which created a sense of usefulness and put other time demands in perspective.

What about you, Baldwinsville neighbor? Do you have an hour now and then to share with the residents at the Home? To read the newspaper to someone, put together a puzzle or show an animation book on your Nook or Kindle? Do you like to bake cookies, decorate a door, do Tai Chi or sing, plant flowers in spring? We have as many activities as there are those willing to share their favorite activity.

For more information, please call Sue McKee, membership chair at 638-0793 or Jenny K. Hammond, president at 638-6923.

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