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100-year-old man a faithful community volunteer

(Kristen Hampton | WBTV) (Kristen Hampton | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Richard Wright was born in 1916 and jokingly says he never imagined he'd live to be 100 years old, but on May 4, he surpassed that triple-digit birthday with flying colors.

“I guess I never really thought about how old I’d be. I just take life as it comes, and try to enjoy it as best you can,” Wright said.

Wright is quite popular at Brookdale Charlotte East, his senior living community. He says he works out on exercise machines at least three times a week, which helps him keep fit.

But his favorite way of keeping busy is by volunteering for Friendship Trays once a week at the Grove Presbyterian Church in East Charlotte.

“It’s just something that needs to be done, so I feel like I might as well as anybody,” Wright said.

His job is to check the trays as they come in from the central preparation point. He goes through each delivery bag to be sure it matches up with what’s on a printed order. 

“We have to see that the route carriers get the right ones. There’s not a whole lot to it, but it keeps me busy,” Wright said.

The 100-year-old man moves around with the vigor of someone no older than maybe 70. He uses only a cane for a little support.

Each week though, he keeps himself busy by helping others. A volunteer mission he says he has no plans to give up on anytime soon. 

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