When you walk through the doors of Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida, on an early Tuesday afternoon, you’ll be greeted by the reassuring voice of Mary Ellen Owens. The 98 year old has been a fixture at the hospital since she began volunteering there nearly 20 years ago after her husband passed away. It was his failing health that introduced her to the people there. “My husband was a patient here, off and on for about six weeks over four years,” she explained. “Everyone at the hospital had been so good to us when he was sick.”
She wanted to show her gratitude and did the only thing she could think of. “I don’t have several million dollars, but I can give them my time,” she said. And she has excelled in that as Owens is approaching 7,000 hours in volunteer time. She used to be there three days a week and has had to cut it down to one because of her age.
Still, nearing 100 years on this earth, Mary Ellen Owens understands the importance of giving back and showing gratitude which are both excellent traits we could certainly use more of in this world. If you would like to read a bit more about Owens you can do so in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from WTSP 10 News.