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98-Year-Old Woman Rewarded With Limo Ride For Volunteerism

Posted on December 9, 2010 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

ABOUT PHOTO: Four Star Limousine owner Georgieanna Svenson and hospital volunteer Toby Hoare with 98-year-old Josephine Worrell.

SUMMARY: The near-centenarian rides in style for the first time in her life after 28 years of volunteer service at a Massachusetts children’s hospital.

ROXBURY, Mass. — Josephine Worrell got to her retirement party on Dec. 1 in good health and in superior chauffeured style.

FOUR STAR LIMOUSINE of Salisbury, Mass., a previous LCT Operator Of The Year Award finalist, ferried the dedicated volunteer at CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BOSTON in a Royale stretch limousine. Worrell has volunteered at the hospital for 28 years and has contributed about 20,000 hours of her time to the many children in need.

On the big day, Worrell was promptly greeted by Georgieanna Svenson, the owner of Four Star Limousine, Toby Hoare, a hospital volunteer along with Josephine, and Peter Gadd, the chauffeur. This was the first time Worrell had ever been in a limousine and she was thrilled to be driven in style on this special day.

The hospital staff has been extremely grateful for her commitment to the children. The retirement appreciation party recognized all of her tireless efforts and acts of love that enriched the lives of the child patients. As a foster grandparent, she has embraced the children.

When Four Star Limousine connected with Toby Hoare, they were thrilled to donate their limousine for Worell to enjoy for the day. “Four Star is committed to helping the community, and when we heard about Josephine and her commitment to the children we were honored to spend time with her for the day,” said Georgieanna Svenson of Four Star Limousine. “She inspires each of us to celebrate life and is a shining example of a giving heart. At 98 years young, she is a woman who truly lives the sprit of giving and shows the world that anything is possible, if you have faith and good people in your life.”

Hoare, who has volunteered with her every week for nine years enjoyed her enthusiasm, said “I will miss her bright smile and all the little kisses on the cheek.” He said he has learned from being with the children, and that he gets far more than he gives. “They have taught me more about class and dignity especially under fire,” Hoare said of the children, adding that he is in awe of how they never complained or say “Why me?”

As part of her gift, Worrell also received a letter from Gov. Duval Patrick and Roxbury Mayor Thomas Menino for her commitment to community service. As a resident of Roxbury for many years, Worrell has dedicated her life to enriching the lives of others and the community she lives in. Most of all she received all the love and praise at the hospital from the staff and the children. When asked how she has so much energy and enthusiasm ever day, she said that her secret to staying young is to “dance the jig….a slow jig.”

As she smiled brightly at everyone in the room, she pulled out her trusty harmonica and began to play a sweet tune.

About Four Star Limousine: Founded in 1993, by Brion and Georgieanna Svenson of Salisbury, Mass., Four Star Limousine has a fleet of nine vehicles, accommodating corporate travelers with airport transportation and celebrating many events with clients from weddings, to nights out, to intimate dinners and charitable events. The company services the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine regions.

Source: Four Star Limousine

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