At 105 years old, Edythe Kirchmaier is Facebook's oldest registered user. "When I was 95 my children gave me a computer, a printer and a digital camera and turned me loose," Kirchmaier says in the above video from "Super Soul Sunday" on OWN.
She isn't just using social media to look at pictures of her grandchildren -- Kirchmaier has more than 41,000 friends and is using Facebook to make the world a better place.
"I’ve always liked to help people," Kirchmaier says. "When I was in the second grade, my mother had a garden, and I went home and I asked her if I could take some potatoes and anything else from the garden. And she wanted to know why, and I said, 'It's for the poor children.' She looked at me and said, 'Well honey, there isn’t anyone poorer than we are.'"
Ultimately, her mother let her take the food. "So that became a habit and I think that’s how my desire to help people got its start," Kirchmaier says.
Kirchmaier went on to work in a welfare office in Chicago during the Great Depression, where she met her husband. The two were married for almost 70 years. "I was his supervisor, so we spent time together every day consulting and we fell in love," she says. "He was almost two-and-a-half years younger than I -- I robbed the cradle."
For the past 40 years, Kirchmaier has been volunteering at Direct Relief. "It's a humanitarian organization that sends medical aid around the world," she says. "Even though it's just addressing envelopes or writing thank you notes, it's very meaningful to those of us who do it. It really feeds my soul and I think it's God plan for us to leave the world a better place."
Kirchmaier first gained attention when Facebook would not allow her to enter her birth year of 1908, a problem the site's engineers ultimately fixed. She now uses her account to draw attention to the work of Direct Relief.
Kirchmaier has lived through two world wars and 19 different presidents, and this is the wisdom she has gained: "I think if we could just love one another, it would be less pain, less fighting, more harmony," she says. "I think we can win over all of our adversities with love."