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Volunteer Hospice Visiting Service of Community Home Support - Lanark County fundraising

Posted Dec 04 2013 12:00am

Community Home Support – Lanark County kicks off its annual Stars of Hope and Remembrance Cam
paign on December 2nd, 2013.  This is the second year for the event and the Stars of Hope and Remembrance Tree is dedicated again in memory of George Bernard Foot.  After three valiant years of fighting against multiple myeloma, George’s battle ended peacefully and pain-free on November 29, 2012.  George touched many lives with his courage, grace and sense of humor.  He was very much a shining star! 

The Volunteer Hospice Visiting Service of Community Home Support - Lanark County has been serving clients in Almonte, Carleton Place, Lanark, Perth, Smiths Falls and surrounding areas since 1999.  For fourteen years, the support of Hospice Volunteers has helped over a thousand individuals living with a life-limiting illness stay home, in comfort and dignity, surrounded by the people they love. It is an honour and a privilege to provide this service.  
A client’s daughter recently sent a letter to Community Home Support.  She wrote, “You actually sent an angel to me who so kindly volunteered to visit my mother, without fail, every Thursday until she passed away in July of this year.  The volunteer’s visits to my mother gave me that needed break which I so appreciated.  I used that free time to go to Kingston with friends for a movie and dinner or to visit my daughter and her family in Kingston, or simply a day on my own to do just as I pleased.  The volunteer’s visits served a double purpose – they not only helped me, but were also especially beneficial for my mother who loved the volunteer and always looked forward to her weekly visit.  Mom often commented on what a wonderful person she is, so natural and down to earth.  “She is one of us” mom would so often say.”

A participant from the Bereavement Support Group commented that “the Bereavement Program offered by Community Home Support – Lanark County is a very valuable community resource. I was fortunate in discovering this program following the death of my wife. The staff and volunteer facilitators are very professional and adept at assisting participants in coping with the many emotional hurdles encountered after the death of a loved one.”
For a limited time, you will have the unique opportunity to place your personalized message of hope or remembrance on a star.  The Stars of Hope and Remembrance Christmas Tree will be located outside the Community Home Support office, 40 Sunset Boulevard, Perth from December 2nd to 31st.  The cost of a star is by donation.  All supporters can then pick up a gift of a handcrafted ceramic Christmas ornament at the Perth office.  Charitable tax receipts will be issued for donations over $10.  All proceeds will directly support CHSLC’s Volunteer Hospice Visiting Service.  There are four ways to order a star: 1) Phone:  613-267-6400  2) E-mail:   3) Drop by the Perth office at 40 Sunset Blvd. or 4) Visit us at the Walmart Supercentre Store in Carleton Place on December 5th, 12th and 19th from 1 to 4 PM.  Donations can be made anytime on the CHSLC website at:  .

Community Home Support-Lanark County is supported by the South East LHIN, the United Way of Lanark County and charitable donations

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