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At 100, Still Supporting the Troops One Shoebox at a Time

Posted By Barbranda Lumpkins Walls On December 12, 2012 @ 7:42 pm In Notebook | Comments Disabled

There’s no slowing down for Lilly Nutter. The superstar volunteer who devotes her time to organizing and sending shoebox care packages to soldiers [1] was on her way out the door to yet another celebration when I reached her today – her 100th birthday.

[2]To date, Nutter, of Warren, Ind., has sent 1,181 boxes to troops and is still going strong as she celebrates reaching the centennial mark [3]. The Chicago native already had had five parties and has two more to go, including a big bash this Saturday. “I know you’re in Washington, but you’re invited too,” she told me. “We’ve just had a ball.”

Although she appreciates the dozens of birthday cards, parties, well wishes, and her grandchildren and great-grands gathering to celebrate with her, she really cherishes the 600-plus notes of gratitude she’s received from the troops.

“These thank-yous mean so much to me,” she says. “I can’t believe all the these wonderful things are happening to me.”

 

Photo: Bryan Anselm

 


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URLs in this post:

[1] sending shoebox care packages to soldiers: http://www.aarp.org/giving-back/local-heroes/info-02-2011/supporting-the-troops-one-shoebox-at-a-time.html

[2] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/420__lilly_nutter.imgcache.rev12978989593221.jpg

[3] reaching the centennial mark: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-10-2012/live-to-100-do-you-dare.html

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