The first story in the series focusing on a 102-year-old woman who has outlived her family and friends and savings account is a reminder that there are many people, often hidden in plain sight, who could use our help. It's a beautiful story of determination, strength, and the importance not only of monetary donations but person-to-person contact in programs that serve the poor.
From the NY Times:
Mary Spencer was born during the Roosevelt administration. Theodore’s.
The granddaughter of a slave, Ms. Spencer, 102, was born before the fight for women’s suffrage and a civil rights movement that would pave the way for the black president she voted for. Ms. Spencer witnessed a turbulent century, but she lived a quiet life: performing domestic work for a few loyal families for 78 years before retiring at age 90.
One afternoon recently, after she had relaxed into an armchair in her one-room apartment in an assisted living center in Port Chester, N.Y., Ms. Spencer was asked how she managed to outlive most of her peers...
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