Local Woman Honored for 60 Years of Service

"At one time, we sold cigarettes and cigars and that's gone, which is kind of a good thing, right?" says volunteer Christine Adams.


Lansing, MI - Christine Adams loves Lansing.

She's the third generation in her family to be born and raised here. Plus, she's a Michigan State graduate and a mother who raised a family in Lansing.

And now, she's a Sparrow Hospital Honoree.

"It has been a very important part of my life," she says.

After 60 years of volunteer service at Sparrow Hospital's St. Lawrence campus, she is a fixture in the hospital community too.

After graduating from MSU in 1951, she was inspired to start volunteering at the St. Lawrence campus by her mother who was also a volunteer there.

That was 1954.

Now, six decades later, Sparrow is honoring her service. She was recognized during a special service.

Adams has been involved with fundraising. She has also volunteered delivering blankets and clothing to mothers in the maternity ward and more.

But, she has spent most of her time at the gift shop.

"At one time, we sold cigarettes and cigars and that's gone, which is kind of a good thing," she says.

Sparrow staff and fellow volunteers say her positive attitude and willingness to talk with anyone is just the medicine a lot of patients and visitors to the gift shop need.

"It's nice for family members to just come down and take a break and to have somebody to talk to," says Volunteer Coordinator Tracy Feazel.

Adams says she will keep volunteering as long as she can.

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