Moog and Friends Hospice in Penticton is beginning a fundraising campaign for the month of June that will see patients provided with fresh fruit, baked goods and other items to improve on standard hospital fare.
The Hospice House campaign is part of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge sponsored by Canada Helps, an online donation service which is offering a cash prize of $20,000 for the charity that operates the most successful campaign during the month.
Every dollar donated to Moog and Friends Hospice in June produces one ballot towards the grand prize.
“If we were to win the $20,000, it would go a long way to supporting the special services we provide our patients at Hospice House,” said Penticton and District Hospice Society chair Ruth Sawyer.
Sawyer explained the money they raise funds a caring program to provide personal companionship to those nearing the end of life, including comforting massage, music, daily newspapers and other reading material, lifelines and cable television.
Their most recent purchase was a laptop that staff can use to connect patients with loved ones.
“Such a simple thing as talking with grandchildren and other family members is a wonderful experience for our patients during this time of COVID-19 restrictions,” Sawyer said.
Moog and Friends Hospice’s goal for the month of June is to raise $30,000 to provide for the many extras that support the exceptional patient care provided by staff and volunteers.
“That’s $1,000 a day we hope to raise for the month of June,” Sawyer said.
“With the generosity shown by Penticton and area donors in the past, we believe that this goal is obtainable.”
Updated furniture, a complete kitchen renovation, hide-a-beds for families sleeping over with patients, mini-refrigerators in all rooms, new lighting and décor items were all provided from donations to Hospice House over the past year.
To donate to Moog and Friends Hospice House visit their website pentictonhospice.com.
A tax receipt is provided for all donations over $20 and donations of any amount are gratefully accepted, said the hospice.