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.”)
Plus, the Decker’s corporation, right up the road from Direct Relief, told us at Tuesday’s party for Edythe that they would be delighted to honor Edythe’s service by matching the first 107 gifts up to a total of $10,700, so you can make a gift in Edythe’s honor, too.