AT 99 Beatrice Ellen Abell was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for sewing 10,000 garments for Anglicare Home Mission Society.
When she died aged 107, her then 72-year-old daughter Vera Lillian Abell, of Castle Hill, founded The Anglicare Beatrice Ellen Abell Group with her friend Elaine Barnett.
The volunteer group collects home-made and bought items for Anglicare Mt Druitt.
"Mother had a theory, 'Never say die'," Miss Abell, 88, said.
She has inherited that same determination, since 1998 collecting more than 40,000 items for Anglicare which she personally records, bundles and gift-wraps before distribution.
"This month we have 179 items to contribute," Miss Abell said.
For her service to the community, co-ordinating these charitable donations, Miss Abell received the Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia Day.
She also edits a quarterly newsletter (received by the group's 200 members), convenes monthly meetings and volunteers in the Mowll Village Library at Anglican Retirement Villages where she has lived since 2002.