Sharon Harrell uses flowers to bring joy to Haven Hospice Volusia County patients with The Friendly Flower Program.
Twice a month, Sharon, a self-employed artist and former florist, arranges over 40 bouquets of colorful fresh flowers. The bouquets are delivered once a month from the New Smyrna Beach and the Deland offices. Haven volunteers from those areas then pair the bouquets with a smile and deliver them to patients.
Sharon purchases the flowers from Beth and Larry Lucas at Flower Central in Daytona Beach then prepares the bouquets at the Simply Roses Florist in Ormond Beach before transporting them to Haven Hospice.
Sharon started the Friendly Flower Program in the fall of 2014. “I used to work in a flower shop as a designer, and I would see Haven volunteers from Ormond Beach come in once a week to create flower arrangements. I decided that when I moved to New Smyrna Beach, I would start this program up for that location."
This is Sharon’s first time volunteering with Haven Hospice but she has spent time volunteering with the Council on Aging working with the Meals on Wheels program.
“I started doing the Friendly Flower Program because I felt like this was an area where I had something to offer the community. It has been so rewarding for me, I love working with flowers, and hopefully these flowers bring a smile to someone’s face,” said Sharon whose program has grown by two volunteers to help increase the number of bouquets for patients.
Haven Hospice Volusia Volunteer Coordinator Mary Kathryn Maine said, “Haven Hospice is so blessed to have Sharon as a volunteer.”
Volunteers are a vital member of the Haven Care Team. They provide companionship, support and assistance to patients residing at home, in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospitals. They also reach out to grieving families, assist with administrative tasks and serve on special event committees. 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 Volusia County, please contact Haven Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Mary Kathryn Maine 386.734.7600.