(FeaturedNews.com) – Elaine Kuper celebrated her 100th birthday in November. Kuper had been a volunteer at Texas Children’s Hospital for 61 years before retiring in 2015. This makes her the longest-serving volunteer at the largest pediatric hospital in the U.S.
Kuper had moved to Houston, Texas when she was 12 and had first started volunteering there a couple of weeks after the Hospital opened in February 1954. In order to become an even better volunteer, she started learning Spanish so that she could help the Hispanic families at the Hospital.
In an interview with USA Today, Kuper said that the hospital was unique and that she loved spending time helping other people.
Her roles as a volunteer varied, from running the snack bar to filing documents at the hospital’s information desk, delivering mail, and even taking others on tours of the hospital.
Her life of service was not limited to the hospital though as she was also a charter member of the Texas Children’s Women’s Auxiliary.
Kuper retired in 2015 but continued to provide volunteering help to the Texas Children’s volunteer services department.
Paige Schulz, Texas Children’s assistant vice president of patient support services, called Kuper their “living historian,” and said that she was a wonderful volunteer that always helped brighten everyone’s day.
Kuper said that volunteering had always been something she loved, and it was something that she would be lost without. Both staff and patients have noted Kuper’s commitment and dedication over the past few decades, noting how great it was to have her volunteering at the hospital.
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