A story of giving

By on February 6, 2009

As VNA of Fox Valley’s Volunteer Coordinator, I see the generosity of people every day. This year, I was humbled by the extent of that generosity and I would like to take a moment to share a story of giving that came from so many very special people in the Fox Valley region.

VNA of Fox Valley has partnered with the community to bring holiday cheer to our hospice and home health patients for over 10 years. For the second year, Jake’s Bagels and Alden of Waterford agreed to host our Giving Stocking Program, and they were joined this year by Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville. With the support of their customers, residents and staff, we were able to brighten the holidays for all of our patients and their families.

Each patient received a basket with a gift purchased by a community member, along with handmade cards from the students of St. Rita of Cascia and holiday crafts and cards made by East Aurora High School students. The joy those baskets brought to our patients was beyond words! The look in their eyes as they received these gifts would have melted the heart of Scrooge himself.

On behalf of VNA of Fox Valley and the families we serve, I want to extend again our deepest thanks to everyone involved in this effort. Special thanks to Char and Joseph Jacobs of Jake’s Bagels, Kathy Beedle of Alden of Waterford, Pat Hill of Hill’s Country Store, Mary Rockwood and the student council members of St. Rita of Cascia and Sara Nied Henion and the students of East Aurora High School, and to all the customers, residents and staff who gave so generously. You brought the Christmas Spirit to life.

Linda Reiter