After decades of hard work, most people have big plans for their retirement. But with her 40 plus years as a nurse behind her, all Charolette Tidwell is worried about is giving back.
Using her pension, the 69-year-old widow runs a food pantry she started in 2002, feeding 7,000 people a month and handing out 500,000 meals a year in her hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas. She doesn't receive a dime for the six days a week she works, and .
"The community that I was raised in did this," she told . "My mom did it. The folks at the church did it. The nuns at the school that I went to elementary school did it. We were mentored into this kind of work. Service was something that I've always been involved in."
Tidwell grew up in poverty and said she understands all the issues that go along with not having enough money. And now that her charity's income has been supplemented by some small grants, it's even more clear that she's not stopping anytime soon.
"I have the obligation to serve them," she said, "and to serve them in a compassionate, respectful way."