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95-year-old’s real legacy lies in lives saved and hearts changed

by | Apr 19, 2024

By Maria V. Gallagher, Acting Executive Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

95-year-old Betty Caffrey is a legend.

Each weekday, this indefatigable woman heads into her office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to serve and to strengthen the most vulnerable among us.

Betty distributes baby clothes, maternity wear, and other critical items to mothers in need. All of the items—and all of the services this Pennsylvanians for Human Life chapter provides–are offered free of cost.

Betty does heroic work not for compensation, but out of an abundance of compassion. For decades, she has been one of Pennsylvania’s leading champions for life.

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with writer Mary Stchur, who recently wrote a book about Betty’s incredible life entitled Never Alone. The author confirmed Betty’s icon status in northeastern PA and the amazing legacy she has given birth to.

There need to be more Betty Caffreys in the world—people who freely give of their time and talent to empower women and to protect their children. Through her stellar example, Betty has given hope to countless numbers of families who will be forever indebted to her for her generosity.

Betty received an award from the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation years ago for her impressive accomplishments. But she never rested on her laurels. Today, she continues the work she began more than four decades ago, inspiring a new generation of leaders to serve as ambassadors for life.

Her real legacy lies in lives saved and hearts changed, and she is a model for anyone who desires to rebuild a culture of life and a community of caring where they live.

Categories: Pro-Lifers
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