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94-year-old WWII Vet volunteers at hospital

Shriner's Hospital

(CNN) - If you've walked through the doors at Shriners Hospital, you've probably come in contact with Carl Hall.

"When you see Carl you just light up," Nurse Pauline Mopkins gushes.

The 94-year-old World War II Veteran has seemingly seen it all in his life.

"I got over to Europe at the end of the War. Going to the South Pole, the Berlin Airlift. I was in Iran when they still had a king," Carl Hall explains.

Since retiring in 1990, he dedicated to his life a different kind of service.

"Right now, here's what I'm doing, just handing the out toys."

For the past 32 years, Hall has handed out smiles to everyone who walked through the door.

"Carl treats us all like we're a part of his family," Mopkins still gushes.

"It's really helpful to your physical and mental health because you're helping kids get better. I've seen kids come in here that couldn't even walk or do anything. When they leave they're like a regular kid anymore. It's just amazing," Hall further explains.

"He loves the patients and his biggest joy is seeing the patients smile when he gives them a gift and talks to them and has a conversation about how special Shriners is to them. Carl is Shriners," Mopkins says.

However, Hall has brought more than just happiness into the hospital. Over the years working with a number of church groups and community organizations he has helped raise more than $270,000 in donations.

"People give me money to bring in and I bring it in. I've seen some what I saw as babies coming in now with their babies. That gives you a good feeling because you know that somebody is here to help."

As for how much longer Hall planned to continue manning his post.

"As long as I can. I have no idea how long that will be. As long as God helps me, I'll do it."

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