When she was 16 years old, Ann Blanchard was a mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park when it first opened. Recently, Ann was happily reunited with her days at Weeki Wachee in the form of a mermaid-themed activity blanket custom made by Haven Hospice Volunteer Karen Murphy.
After working at Weeki Wachee, Ann went on to become a hospital auxiliary volunteer at a Tampa hospital for 45 years and served five years as the president of that organization. She also helped start the Friendship Club in the Tampa area, a local club for women who were newcomers to the area.
Haven Hospice Volunteer Karen Murphy shares her sewing talents with Haven Hospice patients and families in the Jacksonville area by creating memory bears and activity blankets. She also makes cloth carrots which are specifically designed for individuals with multiple sclerosis.
Since joining the volunteer team at Haven Hospice three years ago, Karen has been bringing joy to patients with her sewing talents and assisting in community outreach efforts at special events.
“I think we all have to help each other,” said Karen, a retired civil engineer who worked for CSX Transportation and a Jacksonville resident since 1994. “It is important to help other people whenever you can.”
Haven is proud to have more than 700 community members dedicating their time and talents to patients and families in 18-counties across North Florida. If you are interested in volunteering in the Jacksonville area, please contact Haven Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Carol Waters 904.733.9818.