Inspiring: Volunteer Edythe Turns 107!


Edythe Kirchmaier's 107th birthday celebration at Direct Relief headquarters in Santa Barbara. Edythe has been a Direct Relief’s volunteer for 40 years. Born January 22, 1908, Edythe’s been serving others nearly her entire life. Direct Relief's mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care. More information on Photo credit: Isaac Hernández for Direct Relief.

Direct Relief’s longest-serving volunteer, Edythe Kirchmaier, is celebrating her 107th birthday today – and still continuing her amazing legacy of service to others that began when she was a little girl knitting “cootie belts” for soldiers… during WWI.

Every Tuesday, including this week, Edythe comes to Direct Relief to hand-write thank you notes to supporters, brightening the day of everyone she meets with her incredible sense of humor and quick wit.

Her lifelong example of selfless commitment to others speaks far louder than her soft voice. And her advice to stay positive, not worry about things that can’t be changed, and give back to help people who need it is a powerful reminder and sure seems to work.

Just wanted to share Edythe’s milestone with you and everyone who is part of Direct Relief and makes the work special, with the hopes it lifts your day.

Please consider sending Edythe a birthday message on yet another amazing milestone. (When she learned this week that she’s Facebook’s oldest user, she laughed and said, “Well, I’m pretty much the oldest everything.”)

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