NewsPalm Beach CountyRegion S Palm Beach CountyDelray Beach


107-year-old volunteer at Delray Medical Center celebrates birthday

Hospital staff surprise Charles Carroll with socially-distanced party
Charles Carroll
Posted at 11:21 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 17:30:41-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Thursday was a special day for a volunteer at Delray Medical Center.

Charles Carroll, the oldest volunteer at the hospital, turned 107 years old and received a drive-by parade party!

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers are not allowed to visit the hospital.

Workers at the hospital wanted to make sure he knew they were thinking about him, surprising him outside his home with a party using social distancing guidelines.

This gave Carroll a chance to see some of his favorite friends, which also included a visit from the Delray Fire Department and police.

Charles Carroll
Charles Carroll, a volunteer at Delray Medical Center, celebrates his 107th birthday on June 25, 2020 in Delray Beach, Fla.

Staff at the hospital said Carroll is beloved by everyone for his smile, quick wit and positive attitude. He said all of these things are what he attributes to his long life.

His daughter, Judith Stern, said Carroll has kept busy the past few months during the pandemic, but Thursday's party was special for him.

"It warms your heart," said Stern.

Delray Medical Center CEO Maggie Gill said everyone misses seeing Carroll around the hospital.

"We are grateful for him and can take a lot of joy from his spirit," said Gill.

Carroll is a World War II veteran who served all over the world, spending a total of 27 years in the service.

He suffered a heart attack 12 years ago and decided at that time, while he was being treated at Delray Medical Center, that he would serve people again by becoming a volunteer.

Everyone at Thursday's party celebrated with cake and said they look forward to the day Carroll can come back to the hospital.