TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Thursday morning, the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida held its annual Board of Directors meeting and luncheon. Each year during this meeting, the agency recognizes one volunteer in each of the 14 counties that receive service, including one very special woman from Gadsden County.
That special volunteer was none other than Marian Shook. She's a woman who tries to stay active in her community and enjoys helping others in any way she can. In fact, for the last 20 years, she's been working with Meals on Wheels in Quincy.
Shook first got involved in the program through her church, but it was her love for volunteering that kept her coming back each week. She is very proud to work with Meals on Wheel and is honored to be recognized for her service. For Shook, her favorite part of volunteering is when she's able to interact with and talk to others in the community.
"It was so much fun when you got to visit people," says Marian Shook, a Gadsden County Meals on Wheels volunteer for 20 years. "I don't visit people now. I just help get things ready, but I still go around every week. It was interesting talking to people."
Marian Shook may have reached 20 years with Meals on Wheels, but she is approaching an even larger milestone. On February 8th, she will be celebrating her 100th birthday.
When asked what her secret was for living such a long life, she said it was her faith in God. It was that which helped her through the good and bad times.
Marian, have a very happy birthday!
**Volunteers are always needed to help in programs like Meals on Wheels. Anyone, young or old, can volunteer, and those that do tend to give 1-3 hours of their time a week. Visit www.aaanf.org to find opportunities in your area. For those in Gadsden County, call Stacey Hannigon, the Executive Director of Gadsden Senior Services at (850) 627-9758.