Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Harbor Island Man Devotes Time to Others

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Harbor Island Man Devotes Time to Others

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Byline: Carol Childers, Special to the Times-Union

Russell Cameron just can't say no -- or so it seems.

The 84-year-old Harbor Island resident spends most of his free time volunteering for one organization or another. When asked to help, he says yes -- or he goes looking for it, he said with a laugh.

With a career background in sales and management of a heat-treating company in Massachusetts, Cameron said he has always felt the need to help others.

"Ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I've had an interest in working with other people," he said.

Once he retired at 72 in 1990, he did not want to cut back on his activity. When he and his wife, Irene, moved to Jacksonville in 1992, he stepped right into volunteer activities with the assistance of the Rev. Richard Turk, pastor of St. Andrew Church.

"Stepping in here was a grand opening for me to get involved with helping other people in whatever way I could," he said.

Those ways include serving food at the City Rescue Mission, collecting canned goods for St. Mary's Church in Springfield, distributing food packages to the poor for Thanksgiving, participating in the annual Crop Walk, stocking shelves at the Arlington Community Services food bank, helping in the St. Andrew church office and serving as treasurer of the Harbor Island Neighborhood Association.

Admitting that he was never someone who could retire and sit on his hands, he attributed his active and long life to his volunteer activities.

"I would never have lived this long, I'm sure," he said. "I think if I had nothing to do but sit and read or sit and watch TV, I wouldn't have made it."

CLEANUPS SET

Three Arlington sites have been selected for trash pickup during the citywide Clean It Up Jacksonville April 5.

Terry Parker High School, Woodland Acres Elementary School and Landmark Middle School will serve as locations for neighborhood groups and various organizations to bring bagged debris and trash from their cleanup sites. …

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