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SYSK: 81-year-old Darline Short still loves to volunteer

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The first Thursday of each month, the Cedar Falls Health Care Center celebrates birthdays for the month.

"Darline and her church group comes out and does everything and the residents love it," said Cedar Falls Health Care Center Activities Director Cynthia Mosek.

Darline Short and other women with First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls bring treats and help make sure the residents get a special birthday celebration.

"Hugs. I like the hugs. I just love to hear people laugh," said Darline Short.

Darline considers herself the official hugger and greeter.

"I like to greet the ones who come to the birthday party because I like to rub their shoulders a little bit," said Short.

The great-grandmother is 81 years old herself!

She's volunteered at the health care center for more than a decade.

"If I can get someone to smile, I like to smile. So that's why I'm still coming," said Short.

Darline Short makes sure each resident gets individual attention from her. Usually a hug, a short conversation and maybe some dancing.

"They love it. You see we have a big crowd. They expect her to be here, and Diane's here to sing. Darline goes to each individual and does her back rubs as well," said Cynthia Mosek.

Darline said these birthday celebrations are great for the residents, but she also gets a lot out of it.

"For me, it's fun," she said.

The Cedar Falls resident encourages others to volunteer their time, and she wants everyone to give out more hugs.

Darline Short also volunteers at the Western Home and at her church. She was also a long-time Girl Scout troop leader.

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