Senior volunteers prove you are never too old to change lives

Minnie Belvin
Minnie Belvin
Jane Bosman
Jane Bosman

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Her voice is a welcome sound in one Gulfport neighborhood.     Without her, who knows how many of the homebound and elderly would go without a hot meal.

"Making sure that somebody that can't get out is happy, that they can eat," said Minnie Belvin.

Ms. Belvin is a volunteer with the Harrison County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.   Every week day, she delivers more than 60 meals to the less fortunate.

"It's fun and it's enjoyable to see the smile on their face, knowing they got a decent meal for a day," said Belvin.

It isn't easy keeping up with the 65-year-old great-grandmother.  She credits her stamina to what she calls 'God given energy.'

"Yep, if it was up to me, I'd be sitting. I can't move, my knees hurt, my back hurts, my head hurts you know.  But nothing hurts when I do this," she said.

Another RSVP volunteer, Jane Bosman, is not so nimble on her feet these days. But she's quite creative with her hands. Ms. Bosman turns 94 next month and she still makes hand-sewn quilts for people in need.

"Fourteen years, about a thousand quilts a year.  That's what I made," she said.

Her quilts have brought smiles and comfort to nursing home residents, foster children, and even raffled for fund raisers.

"And they come and say, 'Oh, is it ever pretty. Am I ever glad I got it.' It makes me feel good.  I got to go home and make another one or start another one," she said with a laugh.

Ms. Bosman enjoys staying busy.  She has little time to play cards or go out.

"I don't chase the boys, no," she joked.

When asked if the men chase her, Ms. Bosman responded, "They like to, but I don't have time for them. I got to make my quilts."

RSVP in Harrison County has more than 450 senior volunteers.  Last year, they logged more than 104,000 volunteer hours.

The organization welcomes more volunteers and donations of supplies and gift cards. You can drop off donations at 842 Commerce Street in Gulfport or call (228) 896-0412.

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