Garden clubs across the state have been uplifting spirits for Haven patients for a decade, and this year was no exception.
To brighten spirits, the Marsh Landing Garden Club has delivered decorated trees to Haven’s Custead Hospice Care Center in Orange Park for 12 years.
“Every year at this time, the Marsh Landing Garden Club gathers up its members and purchases 2-foot Christmas trees,” Haven volunteer coordinator Sandra Francis said. “Each Garden Club member has a tree, provides decorations, and they have a morning where they sit in fellowship with one another and decorate the trees.”
The festive trees are then distributed to Haven patients to enjoy during the holidays. Francis said the Marsh Landing Garden Club’s tree event was so successful at Haven that they also began to distribute decorative trees among the community.
“They make patients happy, especially people in nursing homes where people might have less contact,” Francis said.
The Custead Care Center receives 20 trees every year, and 20 more are dispersed to Haven’s patients who can enjoy them in their home or nursing home room.