Pictures that tell our stories
by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Electronic Communications Manager
So I promised more volunteer stories, didn’t I? Along with great pictures. Well, I’m going to keep the copy brief because my creative energy is not at its peak (these Olympic-filled late nights are killing me! Why can’t coverage start at a more reasonable 7pm?!) And anyway, Chelsea Bren’s pictures are so awesome that I will let them do the talking this time.
We’ll begin with the Meyers family. Let’s see, there’s Jody, Charlie, and Lily. Jody is the mom, of course. Charlie is her son. Lily is their adorable 14-year old poodle, a certified therapy dog. And they are all volunteers at Levine & Dickson Hospice House. Jody and Lily visit the patients and Charlie, a rising senior at the Cannon School in Concord, helps fill the bird feeders. (There are about 20 of them throughout the grounds, so it’s no small task!). Charlie has also spearheaded two separate “snackraisers” — at his school and in his neighborhood — to help refill the basket of goodies that provides a quick “pick me up” for visitors of our patients if they’re feeling “peckish”. (That’s a great British word, isn’t it? Probably heard it during Olympic coverage. But I digress.) This, my friends, is a great family. Caring, considerate, and united in their efforts to support a wonderful local resource.
And then there’s another dynamic couple, Betty and George Rich. They moved to the Charlotte region from Columbus, Ohio and they volunteer together at LDHH, visiting patients and delighting the staff with their infectious enthusiasm. They have been married for 52 years; the fact that they still want to do things together is a testament to their strong union. (Hmmmm. . . .the couple that volunteers together, stays together?) Betty’s parents were both under hospice care back in Ohio, so she has a distinct appreciation for the services provided by our hospice house. Patients are always happy to see Betty and George walk through the door. And we are happy that they chose our organization to be the beneficiary of their time and talents.
Levine & Dickson Hospice House is truly blessed to have sensitive and devoted volunteers who genuinely care about their fellow human beings. Our volunteers probably don’t even realize the full impact they have on the patients. A new face, someone to talk to, the opportunity to take their minds off of any nagging worries for even a few minutes — all of these things are inexpressibly precious. Which, now that I think about it, is also a good phrase to describe our volunteers.
So enjoy the photos. I’ll be getting back to the Olympic coverage. After I take a nap.
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