“My mother taught me how to quilt,” said Loice Tucker a member of the Quilting Ministry at First Baptist Middleburg (FBM) who has been donating quilts to Haven for approximately six months. “Our church ministry has been creating quilts to donate to various organizations for over a decade.”
The Quilting Ministry at FBM is for anyone who enjoys sewing and creating quilts for cancer centers, children’s hospitals, nursing homes and more. The ministry also creates quilts for teams to take on mission trips.
While the Quilting Ministry at FBM creates many quilts with different colors and patterns, one thing stays consistent with the quilts Loice creates. “The quilts I put together are all red, white and blue,” said Loice. “I have a lot of family members who are retired military, so it means a lot to me to create red, white and blue quilts to share with veterans.”
The quilts Loice creates for Haven are given to veterans during veteran pinning ceremonies. “In the past, the quilts I created have been donated to the Gainesville Fisher House and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville,” said Loice. “I really enjoy being a part of the Quilting Ministry at FBM. Quilting is how we take care of people and show our love. It is how I show my love for the military and veterans.”
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, hospitals and the Custead Care Center. They also reach out to grieving families, help staff the Attic Resale Store, 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 19 Florida counties. If you are interested in volunteering for Haven in Orange Park, please contact Haven Volunteer Coordinator Sandra Francis 904.213.2639.