Daffodil sale supports hospice care

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At 15, Jen Bethel is the youngest volunteer working with hospice care in Moffat County.

On Monday, Bethel joined other hospice volunteers and Visiting Nurse Association employees in wrapping daffodils for the hospice program's annual daffodil sale.

Bethel said she wanted to be part of the group so she could give back to the community.

"My grandma was in hospice in Wisconsin, and they were so good to her ... I just wanted to do the same for someone else," Bethel said.

Billie Jacobs said the volunteers are impressed by Bethel.

"It amazes me that a young girl would take all the classes and work right alongside the rest of us," Jacobs said. "It is heartwarming that she sees the value in volunteering at her age."

Jen's mother, Linda Bethel, also is a member of the group, and she is proud of her daughter.

"She is a very tender-hearted girl," Linda Bethel said. "Her father and I are very pleased she has a sense of community at this age."

Linda Bethel said she became aware of the program when her moth-er was dying. She sought grief counseling after her mother's death.

"I learned through my own grief there are a whole variety of emotions that surround grief, and that they are perfectly normal," she said.

Linda Bethel said that becoming a volunteer was the logical step.

Carrie Godes, the communications director for the Visiting Nurse Association, said the daffodil presales push had garnered about half of what the group hopes to sell.

"The presales effort was wonderful," Godes said. "We had volunteers canvassing the town for the last two weeks, and other people just called VNA and made orders."

Godes said that currently eight volunteers are in the hospice group, and the VNA always is looking for more volunteers.

The remaining daffodils go on sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at City Market and all day at the VNA. They are $5 per bunch of six. All the proceeds go to support the many service of hospice care in Moffat County.

Those who called their orders in to VNA can pick them up tomorrow. All other pre-orders will be delivered.

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