We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the excellent care that was given to our mom, Mary. There are so many of you that deserve a personal thank you, but we don't want to miss anyone that provided mom with the quality of care she received on a daily basis.
We know by the outpouring of support that we received during mom's final struggle, that she was the favorite of many of you. One family member that experienced this over and over during her final day was very touched by the emotions shown through the countless hugs, kisses, wishes of farewell and tears shown by so many of the staff. We found great comfort that strangers that became mom's friends loved her as much as we do.
We thank you for the gentle, loving care that was provided for mom. The gentle bath times, the smiles, the conversations to make long days less of a struggle. Thank you for the pushes down the hallway when she was too tired and weak to do for herself. Thank you for allowing her to be as independent as she could be. Thank you for the warm touches to let her know she was loved. Thank you for the warm welcomes on her returns from the hospital. Thank you for treating her with dignity, respect and gentleness. Thank you for your patience as she struggled to voice her concerns and needs. Thank you for your understanding with the endless phone calls regarding her care. Thank you for the support you gave her family. Thank you for the frienships. Thank you for being blessings in moms life and in our lives.
We wish that each of you find comfor as well in knowing that you are a special gift to so many people. We pray that God will continue to keep you in his loving care and guide you as you provide the same care to other families loved ones.
God bless each of you.
Love from the family of Mary D.
The Stonehill Franciscan Services Auxiliary was created in 1980 to provide a way for community volunteers to assist with the vital mission of Stonehill. Begun as a way for families and friends of Stonehill to support the mission of the professional staff, the Auxiliary quickly expanded into a function that is an integral and important part of the entire Stonehill organization. From providing companionship and hosting parties and other events on-site, to raising extra funds for improvements and recognizing key members of the community, the Auxiliary maintains an extensive calendar of functions.
Fundraising is an important Auxiliary function. From the group's first annual contribution of $1,000 in 1982, yearly giving has risen to approximately $7,000 per year. These funds serve a variety of important needs all across the Stonehill facility.
Today's Stonehill Auxiliary is comprised of nearly 100 active members. Major annual events include the Stonehill Benefit Dinner held each fall, St. Patrick's Day luncheon, a variety of Christmas programs, and a "thank you" Appreciation Dinner in November. Throughout the year, the Auxiliary shows its presence all around Stonehill with bake sales, fresh-cut flowers, ice cream socials, and special seasonal luncheons.
The auxiliary is a dynamic group of volunteers that participate at Stonehill Care Center. Some of the activities they sponsor include the following:
Volunteers such as this provide significant contributions to Stonehill Care Center and for that we are thankful. We encourage community participation in these fundraising events as well as more volunteers.
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