98-Year-Old Woman Gets Driver’s License to Take Friend to Grocery Store

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So says Evelyn, who turns 98 years old this year. She refuses to let her age stop her from helping a friend — even if it means standing in line at the DMV to retake her driver’s license.

“I’m on the earth. If I can contribute, I should. Shouldn’t we all?” says Evelyn, who was recently profiled in a video called “I Like Being 98.”

In the video, Evelyn explains how she lost her driver’s license because of her age, but fought to get it back so she could drive her friend Joyce to the grocery store.

Evelyn and Joyce live in a retirement community that lost access to transit, leaving them unable to go to the grocery store. Joyce feared that if she couldn’t find someone to drive her to get food, she would have to move.

“A lot of people were stuck around here,” explains Evelyn. “There are a lot of people who don’t have anybody who cares about them.”

In the video, Evelyn explains how she lost her driver’s license because of her age, but fought to get it back so she could drive her friend Joyce to the grocery store.

Evelyn and Joyce live in a retirement community that lost access to transit, leaving them unable to go to the grocery store. Joyce feared that if she couldn’t find someone to drive her to get food, she would have to move.

“A lot of people were stuck around here,” explains Evelyn. “There are a lot of people who don’t have anybody who cares about them.”

So Evelyn took matters into her own hands. She retook her driver’s license test, passed with flying colours and drove Joyce to the store.

“You make a promise, it’s important to keep that promise,” Evelyn says of her commitment to Joyce.

Evelyn says losing her driver’s license in the first place was a huge blow to her self-esteem.

“I didn’t have a mark against me. I was heartbroken, I really was. It made me feel old and useless.”

“Useless” is certainly not the first word that comes to mind when you watch the 97-year-old describe her story — she appears steadfast, earnest and focused.

“I don’t have money to give, but I can give myself,” she says.

Her video is part of the “I Like Giving” campaign, which seeks to inspire generosity in the public and encourage random acts of kindness.

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