“I can’t solve the world’s problems, but I can sew on a button."

Anna Henderson, Association of Auxiliaries President and longtime volunteer

"I can’t cure cancer, but with a couple of stickers I can give you a smile. I can get you laundry soap. I can help you find your appointment. I can help you with these small problems to make your day a little easier." 

"I cherish my three hours on Tuesday mornings volunteering at the front desk. I always learn something new. After 3 years people still ask questions that I answer with, 'I'll find out and we’ll both know!'"

"I was born at Stanford. And I was a candy striper in my teens! I was so proud of my pink and white striped pinafore. Volunteering has always been a part of my life. My youngest daughter just got her hospital clearance to volunteer! She’s volunteering with our Dec My Room, our new program that transforms hospital rooms into cozier, more personalized healing spaces for kids facing long stays.'

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"I’m only here once a week, and I know the names of parents’ who are here for a long time with children who can’t be at home. As a front desk volunteer I put a face on the Packard brand of family centered care in their home away from home. I’ve had a grandparent of a child who is being removed from life support thank me, and tell me how wonderful it’s been to be here. To be here, to listen, to acknowledge and share his gratitude makes this a very special place."


In this season of thanks, we're grateful for volunteers like Anna who put their hearts and souls into helping our patients heal. Donate today to support more humans at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.