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Volunteer provides 'holiday blessing' for Raleigh 90-year-old

Posted December 6, 2018 6:45 p.m. EST

— Ninety-year-old Sophie is a Christmas person.

Christmas decorations are everywhere in her Raleigh home, which she has spent 66 years filling with all the things she loves.

"If I ever have to go ... I'd rather die than go," she said.

Thanks to help from the Center for Volunteer Caregiving, she can stay in her home. Volunteer Sharon Fadelici visits her weekly.


"Last Thursday, she carried me to the grocery store. I was running out of everything just about. I needed to go so bad," Sophie said.

From errands to light housecleaning to playing cards, Fadelici, a mother to three teenage girls, makes Sophie's life more comfortable.

"She has a lot of good stories and a lot of good jokes," Fadelici said. "I think we've all had times in our lives when we needed help, so I felt like this was a time in my life where I could give back a little bit."

Sophie said Fadelici's been a huge help.

"She's been a real big blessing to me. She's helped me so much," she said.

The nonprofit serves 350 older adults and adults with disabilities across Wake County.

"What I didn't realize was that doing this type of volunteer work would be so fulfilling. I think I get more out of it then I actually give. It's just been a real joy to have this friendship develop with Sophie," Fadelici said.

Sophie agrees.

"I love it. I love her. She's precious," Sophie said.

The center is currently looking for new volunteers willing to go through the training and spend a few hours a week visiting with one of their clients.