Giving Back; 'Volunteering Makes Me Feel Good ... '

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Byline: AMELIA A. HART

FERNANDINA BEACH - If you need to find Ruth Cooper on a Friday afternoon, look no further than the Baptist Medical Center Nassau gift shop.

That's where Cooper volunteers every week as part of her duties with the hospital's auxiliary, a group she's been part of more than 10 years.

Cooper, who has lived in Seymore Point with her husband, John, for 28 years, says she loves to give back.

"I love being able to serve the community," she said. "I just feel volunteering is necessary, for one thing, and it makes me feel good all over, it really does."

A graphic artist, Cooper, 73, uses her professional skills to aid the auxiliary by producing the group's newsletter, as well as creating signs and invitations for various events.

She also works to publicize the many good works the auxiliary does to help the hospital and its staff, include manning the front and outpatient desks, delivering meals to patients, helping with paperwork, giving schoolchildren tours of the hospital, and more.

"Everything we do as an auxiliary benefits the hospital," Cooper said.

That includes raising money to purchase equipment and other items for the hospital on 18th Street.

Barbara Boyd, who just wrapped up a term as auxiliary president, said Cooper is a wonderful asset to the group. …