On a Saturday morning, a group of dedicated volunteers sat around tables, chatting and making gorgeous handmade cards for the Greeting Card Program at Bluegrass Care Navigators. More than 25 volunteers came to create greeting cards for those in hospice and palliative care. Melanie Hagan, Community Engagement Coordinator, had a vision for the group when planning in a few months ago. “I hoped to see the room filled with people happily making greeting cards for those who are terminally ill. We accomplished that goal today. It was so wonderful to see!”
More than 200 cards were created in just a few short hours, with the help of Joan Webb, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and a long-time hospice volunteer. Joan shared her expertise with stamping and card making – she even prepared cards for the event and donated many supplies for the startup of the program. Joan says, “I feel grateful for the opportunity to help the community serve our patients. As a volunteer at Hospice, I feel needed and what I do here matters.”
Because of this group of creative helpers, our patients will receive birthday cards, warm thoughts and well wishes to make their day a little extra special.
You can volunteer your time and talents in many ways at Bluegrass Care Navigators Volunteers provide companionship, respite care, transportation, 11th Hour (sitting with patients in the last days or hours when a loved one is not available), office duties, or lending your special talents or expertise to the organization. “You don’t always have to sit at the patient’s bedside to volunteer for hospice,” Melanie said.
If you are interested in finding out how you can contribute your gifts to Bluegrass Care Navigators, visit www.bgcarenav.org/volunteer.
The Lexington Greeting Card Program is also accepting donations of paper crafting items such as cardstock and adhesive tape runners. To donate, contact Melanie Hagan at 859.296.6116 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.