Arriving for a visit with Emily and her husband, Ben, VNA Hospice Chaplain Karen Lewis greeted them with a special gift. Emily, a hospice care patient and an Adult Day Center member, was our first Share the Warmth blanket recipient. Through this program, hospice patients receive beautiful lap blankets handmade by caring volunteers. These blankets provide comfort to loved ones and also serve as a cherished remembrance for caregivers and their families.
For Ben, the blanket is a meaningful symbol of the compassionate care provided by the VNA. Besides being thankful for Emily’s medical care and the Adult Day Center, he is grateful for the positive support he receives as a caregiver. “Every person in the hospice program and the day center always let me know that I am doing a great job taking care of Emily,” said Ben. “You have no idea what that encouragement means to me because there are days when I feel I’m failing, and the encouragement keeps me going. I don’t think I could be doing this without help from the VNA.”
The program is made possible by local residents who enjoy the opportunity to combine their love of crafting with the rewarding experience of helping others. “We’ve already had a wonderful response to requests for blankets, including church groups and students. Our donors are happy to be part of such a worthwhile project, “said Angela Whitt, VNA Coordinator of Volunteers. “After all,” she continued, “Sharing the Warmth is about caring and community, values at the heart of our VNA mission.”