Alice Ferrell, a volunteer with the William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital Friend’s Auxiliary, was chosen as one of only seven people statewide to receive a Governor’s Service Award.
The awards, which began in 1995, are given to individuals, families, and organizations that exemplify dedication to
volunteerism and community
service, according to a press release from Volunteer West
Virginia, the state’s commission for national and community service.
Working with the Friend’s Auxiliary, Ferrell has launched several programs at the hospital designed to help patients give back to the community.
In 2016, Ferrell started the Blanket Buddies program. Through this program, patients and volunteers “buddy-up” by working together to make a blanket.
The finished blanket is then donated to a charitable organization of the patient’s choice. Some recipients of the blankets made in the program include nursing homes, veterans facilities, and animal rescue organizations.
The pilot phase of Blanket Buddies was deemed a success and will launch hospital-wide this year, with doctors noting that patients participating in the program often see reduced symptoms.
Another of Ferrell’s programs is Card Creators, in which
patients make greeting cards. Patients have created more than 20,000 cards so far, positively impacting communities, not only in West Virginia, but throughout the nation, as well.
Ferrell will travel to the Culture Center in Charleston to attend the Governor’s Service Award Dinner on Sept. 14, where she and other honorees will be recognized by Gov. Jim Justice for their hard work and dedication to the communities they serve.