Valley Hospice employees have launched a special initiative aimed at helping those in need in the Upper Ohio Valley.
After reading about what others around the country are doing to help the less fortunate, Valley Hospice staff members Jamie Jaquay and Lea Kolakowski "came up with a plan" to do something similar in their own community.
Collection boxes will be at Valley Hospice's Central Office building in Rayland; Liza's Place Care Center South in Wheeling; and at its Care Center North at Trinity Medical Center in Steubenville. Each month, a designated organization will receive items placed in the boxes.
GIFT-GIVING — Terry McCormick, executive director of St. John’s Home for Children in Wheeling, accepted donations of new underclothing and socks from Valley Hospice employees. The donations are part of a monthly initiative to help those in need in the area. Spearheading the efforts are Valley Hospice employees Lea Kolakowski, LPN, center, and Jamie Jaquay, RN. - Contributed
Jaquay and Kolakowski drafted a plan that would target children and their families, specifically. They took their idea to leaders at Valley Hospice where the message of giving resonated.
Valley Hospice heartily endorsed the duo's efforts and invited all of its employees to join in, according to Natalie Bolock, vice president of human resources.
"Employees of Valley Hospice always have had enthusiasm for giving back to the communities they serve. This new venture continues that tradition and we hope, will make a difference in the lives of those we serve," Bolock notes.
St. John's Home for Children in Wheeling, which provides shelter for young boys ages 6-14, received new underwear and socks as the initial beneficiary of the new giving program. Employees were encouraged also to donate any gently used clothing as well, Bolock added.
The calendar of giving includes a diaper drive for the Gabriel Project in Wheeling in October. In November, the Soup Kitchen of Wheeling and the Urban Mission in Steubenville will receive nonperishable items to be used in the food bags provided to families after the free Thanksgiving meals, which are served to those in need.
In December, as part of the Ohio Valley Jaycees' Gift Drive, employees will donate new toys for children of all ages. The Jaycees will wrap and deliver the gifts.
There will be a new calendar of events created for the new year, Jaquay notes.