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BANK ON IT: Food Bank For New York City's Blog

A Senior in Service

By Ruth Danis

When the Forest Hills Jewish Center, of which I'm a member, announced a volunteer project at Food Bank For New York City, I wanted to join in. I'm 89 years old and I volunteer quite a bit. It's important for seniors to stay involved in the community. It keeps you active and connected.

My experience at Food Bank was wonderful. I helped repack food at their Bronx warehouse and although it was a lot of work, I enjoyed spending time with all the other volunteers. Most of all, it felt great to be a part of something so meaningful--to really make a difference.

I knew that my contribution that day would help many people in need all across New York City, especially seniors. That was my whole purpose in going. As a senior myself, I feel for other seniors who are having a hard time.

Helping others is what we're here for. If we're lucky enough to have, we must give to those who don't have. That's a lesson I hope my seven great-grandchildren learn through my example.

Ruth Danis, a former teacher for 25 years, lives in Forest Hills, Queens.

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