Helping is a habit for the Pantry’s octogenarians

Do some people have a gene for helping others?  One might wonder as many of the octogenarians at Our Lady’s Pantry volunteer as a way of life.  They can’t seem to stop.

Phyllis, Brown (80), for example, spent her life in service to others, first as an occupational therapist, and then in a variety of volunteer opportunities, as her time allowed.

“But I always wanted to work in a food pantry,” she says, laughing.  “So here I am.”

Dick Gibbs (84) is another example, as is Al Petschl (84), Celine Martel (88), Joe O’Brien (81), and Barbara (83) and Grattan Murphy (84), each of whom has dedicated countless hours of their time working at Our Lady’s Pantry.

And then there is Leo Pelzel (84), who, along with Jack Dudzik (82), Paul Carren (87), and Bill Ferron (80), make Project Hunger possible at Prince of Peace and Our Lady of Guadalupe the first weekend of every month.