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This 90-year-old volunteer is helping out until she can't anymore

Posted at 7:32 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 13:45:16-04

WACO, TX — Mary Helen Cash is not your normal 90-year-old, she is healthier than most and still driving daily.

She puts her good health to use and volunteers weekly for Baylor Scott & White Hospice and Meals on Wheels.

"I never thought I would be doing volunteer work period," Cash said.

Once her husband passed, Cash had more time on her hands and she thought what better way to spend her days then with those in need.

She would visit people in hospice and spend time with them. Shortly after, she decided to help out for Meals on Wheels.

"You get hooked with that too," Cash said.

Her favorite part is meeting new people and seeing a smiling face every once in a while.

Since the pandemic, it's been difficult since she can't visit those in hospice, so she makes bereavement phone calls.

"One person, I have been going to for two years and I haven't been able to see him," Cash said.

It's especially hard getting used to seeing familiar faces weekly and once they pass, Mary Helen realizes to never take a day for granted.

After 19 years of volunteer work, her work has not gone unnoticed.

"Her motto, I would call her back in the years and I would say Mary Helen they live a little far and she would say that's okay, if they need me I'll go," Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Karen Dulock said.

She is doing what she loves, even though she's 90-years-old.

"I get so much out of it, so much more than I give," Cash said.

Even during a pandemic, cash will continue to help because she knows people are more lonely than ever.

"You feel like they haven't forgotten you, ya know you don't want to feel that way," Cash said.

Cash is in such great shape, she only takes one type of medication, a very low dose of blood pressure medication for old age.

She says she will be volunteering until she can't anymore.