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Allisonville Member, 87, Builds for Habitat on Gulf Coast

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This story originally appeared on the web site of WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Miss. (Read the story on their web site.)

A unique group of volunteers from Indianapolis visited Hancock County, Miss., to help Habitat Bay-Waveland Area put a roof over the heads of another family victimized by Hurricane Katrina.

The volunteers call themselves “The Indy Tiger Team.” The Tiger Team is made up of retirees who want to make good use of their spare time. The average age of the volunteers is 68.

At 87, Rollin Mosher, a member of Allisonville Christian Church in Indianapolis, is the oldest person ever to volunteer with Habitat Bay-Waveland. The trip was his sixth to the Gulf Coast since Katrina.

“I feel I’m contributing to society,” said Mosher.

That might be an understatement. Since he first started volunteering with the Habitat affiliate in Indianapolis, he has helped build nearly 100 homes and has logged thousands of volunteer hours.

“One of the guys in January of last year asked me what he could do to be able to do what I was doing on the job site. My answer was just don’t slow down, keep active. And I think that’s the key,” Mosher explained.

The retired architect volunteers with his local Habitat Chapter three days a week and plays golf on his days off.

“So I fill the week pretty full that way.”

Tiger Team member James Dillard enjoys joking with his good friend.

“I like having Rollie around because I’m not the oldest one,” the 78-year-old Dillard said with a smile.

Dillard said Mosher often out-works volunteers in their late teens and early twenties. “Which is pretty impressive as well to me. At 87 years old, that’s pretty awesome, it’s inspirational,” said Habitat staff member Stephen Scott.

And Mosher said he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

“You just put one foot in front of the other, just keep going.”

Before starting a career as an architect, Mosher served as a military cargo plane pilot during World War II.

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Written by ccindiananews

April 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm

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