Nonagenarian. What’s that?
And what kind of way is that to celebrate a birthday?
Well, for Virginia Suppies, our nonagenarian — AKA – she just turned 90 — volunteering at the Catholic Charities Ulster County Food Pantry was the perfect way to celebrate her big day.
Similar to Ms. Suppies – and her birthday party choice — the food pantry is special. Located at 6 Adams St. in Kingston, N.Y. it is a full “Client Choice” food pantry. Clients comb the aisles as if they were shopping at a mini grocery store, filling their carts with everything from canned goods to fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and poultry.
Volunteering at the food pantry is Ms. Suppies’ way of giving back, she says. An added bonus is the friends she has made.
On her big day, the entire Ulster County Catholic Charities staff joined to wish her a happy birthday, share her ice cream birthday cake, give her a house plant and cheer as she tried on her newest gift and fashion statement, a Catholic Charities jacket.
“Virginia is one of our many dedicated volunteers that come to give their time and energy to help feed more than 1800 families in need, says Catholic Charities Ulster County Regional Director Tom Kelly. “She does it with care and compassion to everyone.”