"I feel, by volunteering, you're going to live longer."
Eighty-seven year old Bob Hastings has found his fountain of youth. He's been volunteering for more than 65 years and is still going strong. One way he stays young is by volunteering with children. Bob makes wooden toys for the children at Ruth Benner Head Start in Roseville and the kids love his homemade trains, doll high-chairs, and fire trucks. He too gets a reward. He says, "When you see their faces light up and how they play with the toys, it's really satisfying."
But that's not all.
Bob has also volunteered for 21 years with the Salvation Army, stepping in to help wherever he's needed, whether that be with Christmas projects or mundane tasks like data entry. His giving is selfless. Even when honored at a volunteer recognition dinner, he stepped in for a server who didn't show up and served dinner to those honored along with him.
And there's more. Bob volunteers with ECFE, Children's Hospital, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Union Gospel Mission and his church. And if you can believe it, he's actually looking for more to do.
"I've got time to do more...if I can find out any more that need it."
Hope you're ready Bob. The word is out.
The Salvation Army