"Daisy" Estelle Anderson has volunteered for Catholic Charities for 30 years, but on April 19, the appreciation and esteem earned for all of her work was given back to her, courtesy of a visit from Al Roker of NBC's "The Today Show."
On Thursday morning, the show profiled Anderson's work with the Ladies of Charity, a volunteer organization affiliated with Catholic Charities, as she and other volunteers put together gift bags filled with essentials for newborn babies. The feature then cut to Roker standing outside the thrift store on Broadway in Buffalo, where Anderson and other volunteers do their work for the Layette program.
Roker surprised Anderson and the other Layette volunteers with a large donation of newborn goods, enough to fill two vans. The donations were sponsored by State Farm and the Today Show's "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program, and it came as a highlight for Volunteer Recognition Week.
Watch the segment below:
Anderson was also honored as the Catholic Charities USA Volunteer of the Year in 2017.
"Estelle truly embodies the generous charity Jesus describes in the Good Samaritan parable," said Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA. "She has worked tirelessly on behalf of young mothers in need and senior citizens.