Anna Marie Haskins, Special Projects Coordinator for Monroe County Social Services, volunteered her time on July 4 to share prepared meals with homebound Florida Keys residents. She, along with Jace Thompson, Margo Thompson, and Christela Brevil, spent Thursday assembling and delivering picnic themed meals to 20 people who couldn’t leave their homes during the holiday.
Several agencies, like the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and Monroe County Florida Department of Heal, donated time and items for the deliveries.
“It really makes their day, and ours,” said Haskins, who has been doing this for about 8 or 9 years. She volunteers thinking of her grandmother during the holidays and how much a short visit brightens someone’s day who is homebound.
The Independence Day delivered picnics included hot dogs and hamburgers, chips, carrots with ranch dressing, coleslaw, baked beans, and a red, white, and blue dessert. The package also came with a pinwheel and two handwritten cards. Key West High School volunteer, Lauryn Bochenick, prepared the handmade cards and helped pick up donations. Her volunteer hours will count toward her community service hours for her high school and college programs.
Haskins coordinates deliveries for all County-closed holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. To volunteer, call 305-797-5389 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured: Jace Thompson of First State Bank, left, Anna Marie Haskins of Monroe County Social Services, Margo Thompson of Monroe County Clerk’s Office, and Christela Brevil of Monroe County Florida Department of Health prepare picnic themed food for delivery to homebound Florida Keys residents on July 4.