Light a Candle for Edythe on Her 105th!

Every Tuesday morning a bright-eyed spunky woman drives to Direct Relief and energetically leads a team of volunteers. Although all of our volunteers are very special, there is one incredible thing about Edythe Kirchmaier – she is about to turn 105.

Edythe has been serving others for more than a century, 40 years of which have been as a volunteer with Direct Relief International. As Edythe approaches her 105th birthday, she hopes to inspire the world to make a difference, as she has, by raising awareness for the charity to which she’s dedicated much of her life, Direct Relief.

To honor the active centenarian and celebrate her milestone birthday, Direct Relief will host a Facebook application called Edythe’s 105th Birthday Challenge that allows people to wish Edythe a happy birthday by lighting a candle on the world’s largest virtual birthday cake and becoming a fan of her beloved charity.

The goal of Edythe’s 105th Birthday Challenge is to generate 105,000 birthday wishes for Edythe, which will equate to 105,000 Facebook fans for Direct Relief and make Edythe’s birthday wish come true.

Participate in Edythe’s 105th Birthday Challenge by visiting the app on Direct Relief’s Facebook page. Join the conversation on Twitter, via the hashtag #lightacandle.

  1. I was watching Access Hollywood Live on Tuesday, January 15.. What an incredible woman Mrs. Edythe Kirchmaier, 105 years old. First, you can see why she caught my ‘ear’ – her last name; I’m into genealogy, so now I have to go and search. Second, 105 and still voluteers… amazing lady. I wish you a very Happy Birthday and may all your wishes come true.
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  2. Happy birthday, happy birgthday from the community of Huruma hospital tanzania 105years have been helpfuly for those in need in the care we pray that Almight GOD to give more life time We will light a candle and the candle will last long for all again happy birgthday************105****happy birgthday*****105******

  3. If everyone at the age of 65 joins with Direct Relief International as volunteer like Ms. Edythe Kirchmaier, there will not any fear among the vulnerable during any disaster and ill-health. In addition, Ms. Edythe Kirchmaier life says there is a meaningful life after 65 and even after 105. Time is more costly. Ms. Edythe Kirchmaier has given her 40 years of time to those who are in need at world through Direct Relief International. Noble organizations like Direct Relief International always enjoy the support of noble person like Ms. Edythe Kirchmaier. Direct Relief International gives meaning for life even after 65 and in 105.A lesson to the world and for the elders.


  5. I is always a pleasure to see that someone sharing their dreams and spirit and assistance to other people. Edythe is an inspiration to me and should be for all. I wish her many more birthday’s.

  6. Edythe! You are awesome!
    Happy 105th birthday!
    May you have many, many more!

  7. Happy birthday Edith, a worthy journey

  8. Happy Birthday Edythe…you inspire us all!

  9. This is the most awesome story I have read. You are such a beautiful woman and have given so much during your remarkable life. Bless you and here’s wishing you many more years of happiness doing exactly what you desire! You have touched so many lives and you are an inspiration to all of America!

  10. Hello Edythe,
    I saw you on Ellen last week. What an amazing, inspirational, giving youngster you are at 105! There are not enough accolades to describe the beautiful person you are. You’ve set an example for all of us. I hope you had a very happy birthday and may God bless you and everyone you touch with many more!! Thank you for being you.

  11. Edythe, you are the most amazing woman. I saw you on Ellen the other day. I couldn’t believe how beautiful you were inside and out. Your smile and laugh lightened up the room I wish I would have had the opportunity to meet you in real life. Have a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I WILL BE WISHING YOU A HAPPY 106 BIRTHDAY! GOD BLESS YOU

  12. Hi Edyth and happy birthday!!! I would really love to meet you.
    I think that you are a very awesome lady and very adorable too.

  13. happy birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Dear Edythe, My husband and I saw you tonight on Jay Leno, You look
    great. An inspiration to all. It’s absolutely wonderful that you
    still volunteer. We want to wish you a wonderful birthday with your
    family and friends, and may God grant you another wonderful and then
    some, YEARS OF BIRTHDAYS !!!!!!

    Corinne and Bill


  15. Happy Birthday Edythe! You are truly awesome. I hope I will be able to live as long, happy and good spirits as you. Maybe you can blog about your secrets to a long, healthy and happy life. This will help us who are dreading the approach of the sunset of our life. Happy Birthday again.

  16. Happy birthday Edythe, i found out about your story on OWN- The Oprah Winfrey network and i thought to myself what an incredible human being you are. Could i live to be 105 and reap the rewards of giving back to others? I know for sure doing good feels really good and may be that’s the recipe for a happier life.
    May you continue to be blessed as you bless others.