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12 Who Care: Frances Padget

10:20 PM, Jul 5, 2005   |    comments
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By First Coast News Staff JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Frances Padget is in her 80's and as she says, "You're not dead yet!" In fact, she's still going strong. She says, "My doctor calls me the Energizer Bunny." Frances keeps busy. "I ski. I parasail. I ride a motor scooter." And that's not all. According to Sylvia Millard of the Arlington Woman's Club, "This woman has really been a fine example of a volunteer in Jacksonville." Ms. Padget is willing to help anyone she can. "I help the kindergarten at Arlington Elementary School, church, the scouts." She also helps firemen, policemen, and children who are victims of traumatic experiences. She says of her service, "I think God wants me to do it." In addition to volunteering, Frances Padget is on the mayor's senior citizen advisory board, helps people who need medical aid, and even plays holiday characters including the Easter Bunny and Uncle Sam. "I don't sleep very much, I don't have time," she says. Sylvia Millard says that, "It's not beyond her to take cookies she made over to a nursing home. It's just part of her day." "People need to know that they are loved," says Frances. According to Elaine Bailey, President of the Arlington Women's Club, "When she gets up in the morning she thinks what can I do to help somebody to help them make their lives better." "Most people talk about doing these things. Frances does them," says her friend Betty McCollister. "And, I love every minute of it," she says. According to her she doesn't think that she's that special. But those who know her say that she'll go beyond your expectations Elaine Bailey says of Frances, "She realizes that we were put here on this Earth to help others and that's what she's doing." That's why Frances Padget is one of 12 Who Care.

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