When the couple found out several years ago that they couldn't have children of their own, they decided to become foster parents.
Twenty-three years and 227 children later, they are still sharing their hearts and home with children in need.
Ms Green said foster children were no more or less perfect than one's own children.
In 2010, 47 foster grandparents volunteered at local Child Development Center and served 35, 208 hours.
Foster parents receive stipends, but Dempsie laughed when asked if it was enough to cover the bills.
The couple took in their first foster child on the day they were approved to be carers in October 1988.
The couple said desire, tolerance and love for people are the keys to being a good foster parent.
Axson, 67, has raised more than 85 foster children in her Ocean Hill Houses, Brooklyn, home since 1988 - even adopting three boys.
Holly said they did a legal risk adoption, which allows parents looking to adopt an opportunity to have a child temporally.
There are a lot of children in Massachusetts that need help, and they really need more foster parents.
The parents also meet once a month for group training after they've brought the children into their homes.
Sometimes Yvonne cared for four children at a time and eventually adopted one of the children now 50 years old.
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