Age is just a number for 100-year-old volunteer


    At 100 years old, Mel Lazerick volunteers three times a week, feeding the needy in his community. (WPEC)<p>{/p}

    For one local man, age is just a number.

    At 100 years old, Mel Lazerick volunteers three times a week, feeding the needy in his community.

    Lazerick is the oldest volunteer at the nonprofit called Boca Helping Hands.

    “Want some coconut?” asked Lazerick.

    Those who regularly eat at the Boca Raton Helping Hands food center know this face.

    “This gives me an activity and I meet all these nice people. Some of them appreciate what we do,” Lazerick said.

    Lazerick volunteers three times a week. Cracking jokes every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

    “When I am here, I have all these pretty girls walking by. When I am here, I give out food,” Lazerick said.

    He’s loved by almost everyone one who meets him. Especially the ladies.

    “This is my boyfriend,” said Anita Carlisle, a volunteer.

    “Mel is a whole bunch of trouble. He is a big flirt and has a huge heart. He is dependable and always here with a smile on his face,” Carlisle said.

    While he likes the attention, he volunteers because he likes to give back.

    Just like he did in his younger years when he mentored foster children.

    “I feel good. I got a place to go . Something to do that’s worthwhile and it gives me something to do before I take my nap,” Lazerick said.

    He said no matter how old he gets, he isn’t slowing down.

    “As long as I can walk, I will be here,” Lazerick said.

    Now of course he doesn’t drive, so he usually has a friend or daughter take him to the food center.

    He said when he doesn’t have a ride, he takes an Uber for $25 so he doesn't miss a day.

    Boca Raton Helping Hands will honor Lazerick for his 20 years of service come October 20.

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