81 Year-Old Woman Volunteers at Nursing Home Growing Vegetable Garden For Residents

One woman has donated her volunteer time to a nursing home since December 2001. At 81 years old she enjoys serving the nursing facility in a variety of ways. She started a flower and vegetable garden last year and continued the project this year. She has already shared some of her tomatoes and cucumbers with the residents.

There were already some flowers growing when she took over the garden, but she thought it would be a good idea to add vegetables. The volunteer said staying at home watching television all day just doesn't work for her. Instead, she waters the 70-plus plants lining the hallways of facility. In the vegetable garden she tends to tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin and even a few herbs.

The facility views their gardener as a gift. Giving comes naturally to her, and she gets joy from serving others, said the director of community relations. She has won the President's Volunteer Lifetime Achievement award for having volunteered more than 4,000 hours at the home. Aside from the gardening, she helps wherever there is a need including, serving meals, helping with activities, accompanying residents on visits to their doctors and assisting with Mass. No job is too small or too large for her not to help out. While the facility considers her a blessing, she considers it a blessed opportunity. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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