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Al Roker honors 96-year-old Buffalo volunteer on 'Today'

Al Roker of NBC's "Today" came to Buffalo on Thursday morning to highlight a 96-year-old volunteer as part of the program's "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" series.

During the segment, Daisy Estelle Anderson explained she came to Buffalo in 1943.

"I fell in love with Buffalo," she said in a clip before Roker briefly interviewed her at Ladies for Charity, a volunteer organization on Broadway that provides gift baskets for new mothers, as well as doing other good deeds.

"You look fantastic," Roker told her after the filmed segment aired as a large group of volunteers looked on.

"In four years, you're going to be a Smucker's jar," added Roker, alluding to a "Today" segment that honors people who reach age 100.

Watch the clip from "Today"


Roker, who did several weather segments outside throughout the two-hour  program, wasn't the only one with a good line. During the filmed interview, Anderson, a former elementary school teacher, delivered a few of her own.

"If I have aches and pains, I'm too stupid to know it," she said.

"I do feel good between this and bridge," she said. "And I'm not a good bridge player."

Before the segment ended, "Today" delivered baskets of goodies to help the organization with its mission.

Before "Today" ended, Roker appeared again as part of a Smucker's segment honoring several people who have turned 100.

"In four years, we're going to have Daisy there," Roker said.

Anderson is no stranger to Buffalo News readers.

A year ago, The News noted, "she is a lifelong learner and community-giver. She is also a mother of four who has been named the national Volunteer of the Year by Catholic Charities USA 'for her work giving mothers and newborns a start.'"

The article continued: "Anderson has volunteered with Ladies of Charity for about 20 years, working with others assembling baby layettes for new mothers. Defining the word 'tireless,' she has touched the lives of 10,000 people over the years through her volunteer efforts."

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