In the movie “Pearl Harbor,” Jimmy Doolittle states, “there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” If this is true than there is nothing much stronger than TSRHC Volunteer Karen Apple’s heart. She has been volunteering at the hospital for over six years after retiring from technical sales with IBM.
A culture of volunteerism runs deep in her family from her parents to her devoted husband. While she still has fun and heads out on her Harley at times, she has logged more than 3,800 volunteer hours with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
So what drives her passion as an exemplary volunteer? She believes that giving back only brings her a sense of fulfillment and purpose in life. Even when she is simply handing out stickers, she knows that her job is helping children smile and ultimately heal.
Doing Your Part
While she volunteers multiple times a week, she also serves on the volunteer executive committee as well as the silent auction committee. Both of these groups help with donations to TSRHC.
Apple is all about getting the patients to their appointments and there is just nothing quite like seeing them after they have recovered. That is what has kept her coming back these past six years and she plans on serving just as much in the future.
For those who are interested in volunteering at TSRHC, there are a number of ways to be of service. There is a weekday program which is there to help make the hospital’s atmosphere fun, friendly, and relaxing. There is also an evening program where volunteers set up activities.
If you are interested in volunteering, you can visit our volunteer page and find out more.
See the original story that aired as part of Clarice Tinsley’s Hometown Hero segment on Dallas’ Fox 4 here.
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