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.
"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."