Joyful Celebrations

The Joyful Celebrations program was started in 2012 to recognize a milestone or birthday in the life of a Wings patient. Due to these volunteer efforts, a child has a moment of normalcy and joy as they mark a special day with family, classmates and/or friends with balloons, a small gift, cake and other treats.

JC Kids – recognizing birthdays, milestones, or a chance to bring some happiness to a child and their family “just because”!  This typically includes a cake, cupcakes (or something of the like), balloons and a gift card or gift. Co-Chairs:  Molly Gray (Friends of Wings board member) and Kristin Scully

JC – Adults (similar to JC Kids) – recognizing a birthday, milestone, or a “lonely” day (where an adult hospice patient may just need a little cheer).  This typically includes a cake, cupcakes (or something of the like), flowers and possibly a gift or gift card.  Chair: Julie Peters (Friends of Wings board member)

Party Patrol – these are the “one off” celebrations (approx. 1/per month). Party Patrol Celebrations are very time sensitive – we usually have less than 3 weeks to put the event together.  A couple of examples of things our incredible group has been able to pull off include: Small Wedding, 18th Birthday Bash, Jazz Concert and Art Exhibit.  Chair: Jodi Flesner (Friends of Wings board member)

JC Holiday Gift Giving – this comes at the busiest time of the year for most people!  We seek out volunteers to help shop, wrap and/or deliver gifts to the families that have been identified by the Wings staff as being the ones that could use our help the most. 

 

 

 

 

HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING 2016

"I do it because I want these persons and their families to know that they are not forgotten on their special day, that they are not in a vacuum that they still matter.

Special experiences consist primarily from the looks of surprise and words of appreciation when presenting the gifts to family and/or patient. 

What I gain from volunteering is something I have asked myself in the past and the answer has a couple of elements. In the beginning it was shortly after my wife's death and I was looking to find a way to feel useful and give back to the community in some way.  After experiencing being a hospice volunteer the focus has become so much more than just being useful.  It has become a matter of feeling first hand the reward of knowing I may have made a positive difference in a hurting persons life however small across all the passage, companionship and joyful celebrations."

Dave Barkey