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'It is never too late' to volunteer

Annie Mae Liddell has spent decades assisting others

When an older person walks into Chicago's Bethel New Life wishing they could minister to those in need — but thinking they may be too old to make a difference, Annie Mae Liddell is there with an answer.

"It is never too late," said the 85-year-old Liddell. "They can help me make a quilt to be raffled for a fundraiser. And if they can't do that we'll find something. They are needed, and they can help."

And when Liddell speaks, people listen, because she has spent decades assisting others. A community activist for Bethel New Life, a social ministry organization of the ELCA, she has done a bit of almost everything, including help build homes through Habitat for Humanity. "Jimmy Carter even came once, and I got to work with him," she said. "He was here about two weeks, with Rosalynn and Amy."


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