'Young at heart' volunteer honored

'Young at heart' volunteer honored

Do you know someone who just with a quick look or a kind word can immediately change your day?

Nat Price fits that description.

He started volunteering at the 211 HelpLIne 15 years ago. He was only 88 at the time.

Price is part of the Sunshine Program and on Saturdays calls the elderly who are homebound. "I say hello, I don't know if I comfort them or not," he says modestly.

"So far no one has hung up," he adds.

Some of the people he calls are lonely or have medical issues. "You try to be friendly to everyone," Price says.

He has been a fixture in Delray Beach since 1995.

The 211 HelpLine held a special tribute for Price Wednesday.

Not only does he volunteer at 211, he also joins the citizen patrol watch for Delray Beach police a couple days a week. "My nature is not to sit quietly in a room all by myself.  You know what I mean?"

People he volunteers with say Price has a way of raising everyone's spirits -- just by being there.

Price says he seldom thinks of the fact that he's 103 so don't bother asking him his secret to a long life. "There's no secret... there's luck," says a laughing Price.

He has two daughters, four grandkids, and seven great-grandkids and visits his family during the summer.

As for those who may not be so fortunate to have a family, Price and other volunteers at the 211 center can be a resource or an ear to listen to your sorrows.

There is always someone available on the free hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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