Local woman volunteering at 100 years old

At 100 years old, San Mateo resident and former teacher Irene Hudson zips through writing thank-you notes and stuffing envelopes as a volunteer for the nonprofit Samaritan House. As she passed the century mark Dec. 2, she was honored by the nonprofit and Assemblyman Jerry Hill, and has been told she will be on a future “Today” show.

Why did you start volunteering for Samaritan House? Well, my husband was a pastor of a church here, and the women had a young man from Samaritan House come and talk about Samaritan House, and I decided that I’d look into it.

What keeps you coming back? I enjoy it and I’m helping people, and I’m being with people.

What is your favorite kind of volunteer work? I help with the mailing and send all the thank-you notes for contributions and do filing.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I do handiwork, crocheting, I like to listen to all the ballgames. I’m a sports fan. I like football and baseball very, very much, [especially] the 49ers and the Giants.

What’s your secret to long life? I haven’t done anything special. I just lived. That’s the only thing I can say. The Lord has really blessed me.

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