Forrest General Hospital honored its volunteers at a luncheon at Southern Oaks and Gardens on April 19. Several PBQ members attended to help celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and hear how important this activity is to the patients as well as staff.
|Millie Swan, Ruth Byrd, Joan Stevens|
Ruth Byrd was honored with a 20-year pin; Betty Allen received a 2-year pin, and Carolyn Daley (an 11-year volunteer) was recognized as the Heart of Hospice Award winner in Mississippi for 2011. Another PBQ member (and Ruth Byrd's sister), Louise Cubley, had previously received her 40-year pin.
|Jane Kingsafer with her mother, Ruth Byrd|
Guest speaker Kym Garraway-Braley described how important volunteers are and how the volunteer is rewarded by an outpouring of love and appreciation. She said she often receives a greater blessing than the object of the efforts. We watched as she completed a painting of Jesus holding a little lamb, which was later used as a door prize. The table floral centerpieces and many gift baskets were given as door prizes. Kym's demonstrated her generosity by placing packets of her note cards as gifts on all the tables.
|Ruth Byrd, Sandra Davis, Josette Bonfanti, Carolyn Daley|
PBQ enjoys working all year making children's quilts, pillows, and walker totes; in addition, many members work individually by donating their time and talents in the hospital, offices, or the hospice program.