Start revving up up those classic sounding Harleys right now! The first annual Harleys for Hospice Motorcycle-Dice Run is taking place on Saturday, April 27th 2019. It’s $20 per bike, $5 for an additional rider, and $5 for extra dice rolls. There will be 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Thank you Knights Paladin Motorcycle Club for sponsoring this fantastic new fundraiser for Hospice of the Golden Isles. For more information contact Sam Preiss at 912-602-5469.
All make & model bikes and cars are welcome!
Make plans now to join us for the return of the St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival on March 23rd, 2019 at Gascoigne Bluff. This year, it will be a one day event with the added benefit of great bands! Appropriately, this year’s event will be called Bites & Bands.
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. More information to come once all the details have been finalized. Hope to see you there at this wonderful benefit for Hospice of the Golden Isles. www.saintsimonsfoodandspirits.com
We hate to say goodbye to Charlotte, but at the age of 94 and after almost 40 years of serving Hospice of the Golden Isles (HGI) it’s time for her to be closer to extended family in Pennsylvania. Today, we surprised her during our Volunteer Appreciation Party with a cake, card, and lots of best wishes for her next adventure. It’s hard to put into words how much we love and appreciate ALL that she’s done for our patients and our staff since 1980. Below is an older blog that gives you some insight into the impact she’s made at our hospice. If you’d like to serve HGI as one of our treasured volunteers contact our Volunteer Coordinator Trish Burns at email@example.com.
(2018 BLOG) At 93, Charlotte Raymond is showing no signs of slowing down. She says her love for Hospice of the Golden Isles (HGI) is one of the reasons she’s still going strong. “I love Hospice so much. It stimulates my brain. At 93, not much else stimulates my brain,” she says with a laugh. “When I sit and make prayer shawls, it makes me happy to know the joy I’m giving someone else when they get one of them,” says Charlotte.
Charlotte has been making prayer shawls for patients since her earliest days with hospice almost 38 years ago, which is also when also when HGI was founded. “I got the idea for knitting a prayer shawl from a book I got as part of my training with hospice” explains Charlotte. Charlotte estimates that she makes around 200 prayer shawls for Hospice each year. “I sit in front of the TV and knit. I put love and prayer in all of them. I probably spend about 15 hours a week making them. It’s therapeutic for me,” she says.
Charlotte is not only a beloved part of HGI’s history, she also keeps track of our non-profit’s history. Each Tuesday, Charlotte comes to Hospice and places all published materials about Hospice of the Golden Isles into our scrapbooks. She is quite meticulous about making certain that everything is recorded. “This is my passion. This is our history,” says Charlotte.
Each week, after Charlotte has finished her work preserving our history, she can be heard walking down the hallway telling everyone, “I’ll see you all next week, good Lord willing!” To which, we reply “Then, we’ll definitely see you next week Ms. Charlotte.”
If you’d like to donate yarn for Ms. Charlotte’s prayer shawls contact Patty Crosby, VP of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-265-4735. And, if you’d like to become one of our treasured volunteers like Ms. Charlotte contact Trish Burns our Volunteer Coordinator at PatriciaBurns@hospice.me.
It’s a VERY happy New Year’s Eve at Marsh’s Edge retirement community today. In addition to the normal year end festivities, there was a milestone birthday being celebrated. Mrs. Cecil Woods, who is one of our hospice patients, just turned 109! She’s been living there for three years. Up until then, she was living independently. Yes….on her own! When asked what she’s enjoyed the most about living past 100, she said the people. She loves everyone, especially the staff at Marsh’s Edge. “Nice people, I love them. And, I think they love me” said Mrs. Woods. To which the staff eagerly replied in unison, “Yes, we do!” They prepared her favorite dessert for her birthday, a Pea-Picken cake which I’m told is a southern delicacy with pineapple and mandarin oranges. When I asked if I could try a piece, Mrs. Woods said “Of course, sugar…I’d love for you to have some of my cake.” Have to say, it was very good.
I really enjoyed getting to know Mrs. Woods on her special day. I learned that she was born in Eatonton, GA and moved to Huntsville, Alabama when she was three. She became a seamstress and fashion designer in Miami while dabbling in real estate, buying and selling homes there. Before I left, Mrs. Woods said she had a good birthday and was ready for 2019! We should all have that passion for people, and zest for life. Happy New Year everyone! To make this an even sweeter birthday for Mrs. Woods, Lewis Turner from First Coast News gave her a special greeting on New Year’s Day. Click Below to see the video.
We are so thrilled to be able to offer our patients hair services thanks to the generosity and talent of this young man, Joey Lane! Joey has his Masters of Cosmetology from the Aveda School in Jacksonville, and is now studying to become an RN at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick. So, why did he decide to volunteer his time providing hair care to our patients? “I enjoy both and this combines both of my loves. Actually, they are pretty much the same when you think about it. You are offering a service, a service that I realized was very much needed in hospice care,” explains Joey. Under the direction of our Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Burns, Joey has already offered hair care to five of our patients at our Hospice House and is expanding to our patients at the assisted living facilities. David Boeck (shown in picture) is a returning customer. For Mr. Boeck, it’s more than just hair care, he says it’s also a chance to talk about football and family with a friendly, caring person. As for Joey, ” I love hearing people’s stories, connecting, and making them feel good.” Joey’s volunteer service is cleverly called “Tender Love & Hair.” He’s currently raising funds for some of the hair care products that are needed and was blown away by the initial response. Click here
Make plans now to join us for the return of the St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival on March 23rd, 2019 at Gascoigne Bluff. This year, it will be a one day event with the added benefit of great bands! Appropriately, this year’s event will be called Bands & Bites.
More information to come once all the details have been finalized. Hope to see you there at this wonderful benefit for Hospice of the Golden Isles. www.saintsimonsfoodandspirits.com
We can’t wait! Plans are already underway for our 2019 Dove Society Party on March 30th! All of our Dove Society members from 2018 will be invited. So, look for your invitations in the mail soon. This year is going to be even bigger and better than last year. We are so grateful that the same beautiful home in the Yacht Club on St. Simons is being offered once again for our party. Below are notes and pictures from the Inaugural Dove Society Party in 2018. Enjoy!
On March 10, 2018, our inaugural Dove Society Party was a huge success thanks to the generosity of the homeowner who not only offered his private home in the Yacht Club on St. Simons for this special evening, he made a very generous donation as well. More than 80 guests were treated to heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a spectacular view of the sunset.
This event was our way of thanking our special circle of donors who are vitally important to our mission of providing The Best Care When It Matters Most, regardless of ability to pay. If you are interested in joining our Dove Society and becoming a part of this distinguished group of outstanding supporters, contact Patty Crosby, Vice President of Development of Hospice of the Golden Isles at email@example.com
We love the Markdown Monster! I-95 Toyota is donating $100. 00 from the sale of every vehicle to local charities, and Hospice of the Golden Isles (HGI) is grateful to be listed among them. This is such a wonderful gift to the community! When you buy a vehicle from the Markdown Monster you simply tell the salesperson which charity you’d like the donation to benefit. It’s that easy. Special thanks to Kenny Sims, the General Manager of I-95 Toyota for offering this significant giving opportunity. Total donations to HGI have already exceeded $7,000. The most recent donation is pictured above for $1,200 from the November sales. Kenny Sims is shown on the far left of the check and our CEO, Karen Miller is on the far right.