93-year-old woman volunteers every week for Second Harvest

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Within the warehouse of Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin, food is packaged with personality and heart. Second Harvest saw more than 8,600 volunteers last year.

"I think it speaks a great deal to our mission and how people feel about helping their neighbors," said Second Harvest employee Pam Hiegham.

Second Harvest says they get around 700 volunteers a month during the winter months. There is one in particular, who is persistent on making it there every week.

Florence Smith said she has volunteered every Wednesday for almost 10 years. "I always say, don't tell the CEO it helps with my arthritic fingers."

The young 93-year-old says her will to help keeps her coming back.

"I think of Florence always with a sparkle in her eye, doing what's needed," Hiegham said.

It's not all work to Florence. She says it's good for older people to get a healthy dose of socializing, but it's her own life experiences that brought her to Second Harvest.

"I have lived through the Depression, so I know what it is like to be scarce on food," Florence said. "But these people don't have any food."

Hiegham considers Florence an inspiration.

"Florence is just amazing," she said. "I think it's an inspiration to all of us on how to be independent and involved, and really care about an issue and do something about."

Florence seals envelopes with love, and appreciation.

"If I can help with getting people fed, that is important to me," she said. "I haven't been fired yet!"

Hiegham says there is no upper age limit to volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank; they need everyone's help.

The 23rd Annual NBC15 Share Your Holidays Grand Finale is happening Wednesday, with a goal of raising one more meal than last year’s record-setting 4.18 million meals.