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Donation by the Nguyen brothers

Donation by the Nguyen brothers

Hospice welcomes help from community friends

Hospice patients and families have always benefited from the generosity of community partners. Gifts to the Hospice Special Needs Fund allow the Spartanburg Regional Hospice program to go above and beyond to meet the needs of patients. This includes providing healing arts, wooden holding crosses and holiday meal deliveries. During the COVID-19 pandemic, community support has continued to play an important role.

A Hospice “Grocery Store” and “Porch Pickups”

Community groups and hospice volunteers have come together to donate goods for hospice patients and families. Hospice staff set up a “grocery store” to select items for those most in need. Members of Lake Bowen Baptist and Westminster Presbyterian churches supplied non-perishable canned goods, snacks and paper products, which were supplemented by additional items from volunteers in the community.

“Many hospice families are already experiencing financial stress, and the economic challenge brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic means that some of our patients’ loved ones have been laid off or had their hours cut,” said Amy Knight, social work and counseling manager with Spartanburg Regional Hospice. “This extra support helps to fill a need for families facing a financial crisis, and we are very grateful.”

Spartanburg Regional Hospice also offers bereavement services for grieving families. However, services of remembrance, support group meetings, and other activities had to be put on hold during the pandemic.

In the interim, the hospice team used the Hospice Special Needs Fund to put on a special series of “porch pickup” bereavement events in June. Those who recently lost a family member were invited to drive to the front of the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home to receive a flower or a rock painting kit. This gave families an opportunity to memorialize their loved one, as well as show that they are still supported by hospice, despite the pandemic.

Gifts of Personal Protective Equipment

Loc Nguyen, a Spartanburg Regional Hospice chaplain, and his brother, Phuc, coordinated the donation of 800 masks for hospice caregivers, patients and families. They also contributed 2,000 gloves and 200 gowns.

The brothers work together as part of the international Dai Nguyen Family Ministry. They received contributions from friends who work for businesses that require masks and gloves.

“We just want to give back,” Phuc said. “We received a lot of support from the community that has immigrated to the U.S., and we’re glad to have the opportunity to contribute.”

Kids Make Masks for Hospice

Dawn Mitchell thought making masks would be an ideal project for she and her three children, who were home while schools were closed.

“When we found out they were closing the schools because of COVID-19, the children and I gathered and I said, ‘We can’t control what has happened, but we can control what we do while we’re home,’” Mitchell said.

The family is just one of a number of community members who have donated.

“We couldn’t do everything we do for patients and families without the generosity of donors,” said Kim Ross, Spartanburg Regional Hospice director. “As always, we are very grateful – but their contributions this spring have been truly remarkable, and I’ll never forget it.”

To make a financial gift to Spartanburg Regional Foundation’s Hospice Special Needs Fund, call 560-6727 or visit https://regionalfoundation.com/donate-now/hospice/.