Busy volunteer joins the ‘Century Club’


KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) – It is hard—if not impossible–to measure the value of Call 4 Action, whose volunteers resolve consumer problems for Western New Yorkers every day, and Margaret Brown has been one of those dedicated volunteers, giving it her all once a week, for 36 years.

Margaret is turning 100 years old, and today her friends, family, and co-volunteers helped her celebrate the milestone at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Wednesday, where Margaret volunteers in the gift shop.

Still spry after all these years, one of Western New York’s newest centenarian’s said the key to longevity is staying active, and volunteering helps her do that.

“Oh, I have been volunteering for years and years,” explained the Tonawanda grandmother, “I couldn’t stay home in the house all day, and I got to the point where I gave up driving, a week or so ago. I am not going to drive anymore.”

Now that Margaret no longer drives, she credits her son Michael for helping her stay active–he drives her to where she has to go.

Brown’s granddaughter Lisa Sears, said she her grandmother has covered a lot of ground, “When Grandma retired in 1978 she started volunteering at Sheas Buffalo, Kleinhans Music Hall, Studio Arena, Melody Fair, the hospital, Call 4 Action.”

Margaret Brown, is smaller than average, physically, but has never stopped her from doing what she wants to do. For instance the “Century Club” inductee is also a bowler, and–as small as she is–uses a 16 lb. “mens” ball, rather than the 12 lb. “ladies” bowling ball.

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