Karen Langer is a mother of four and a retired nurse who spent 35 years caring for patients in Edmonton. She also has an insider’s knowledge of what it means to be a parent of a sick child. Three decades ago her daughter underwent heart surgery and six years ago her grandson faced the same prognosis, he was only 7 months old at the time. As a way to pay if forward, Karen began a heartfelt project that was inspired by the fear and uncertainty she had experienced as a mom and a grandma whose babies were facing heart surgery.
Throughout the year, Karen crochets individual stockings for children staying in the Paediatric Unit over the holiday season. Once complete she stuffs them full of toys, goodies, and activity games children can manage. She also recruits the help of the Terminal Park Starbucks to make up care packages for parents who are unexpectedly at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) with a child facing medical crisis. The packages include Starbuck coffee & tea, pens & puzzles, wet ones, chap stick, and hygiene supplies. Not to be forgotten, Terminal Park Starbucks also put together a gift box for nurses in the Paediatric Unit in order to express appreciation for a job well done. Thank you Karen and thank you Starbucks at Terminal Park!