Thank You for Your Support!

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In this challenging pandemic year, everyone has had to make adjustments in their lives by wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding gatherings, video conferencing and working or learning remotely. The COVID-19 public health crisis has taught people to be extra careful whenever they are in public while adhering to the prescribed precautionary measures to help curb the spread of the virus. 

When the pandemic reached Western New York in March, Niagara Hospice adjusted policies and practices to ensure the safety and protection for all employees, patients and family members at all times. The clinical teams adopted the highest level of personal protective equipment for home care visits and at facilities throughout Niagara County.

Within days of the shutdown in the spring, a variety of community organizations, local companies and volunteers stepped forward to make and donate many boxes of masks that supplemented the essential inventory of PPE for all employees to have access to throughout the year. Niagara Hospice appreciates everyone who took the initiative to reach and support employees on the frontlines of providing essential care services for Niagara County residents.

The Pet Volunteer team made several safe pet visits to patients at Niagara Hospice House. Their passion to continue their role through closed windows earned them coverage on Spectrum Buffalo news. You can see a few of the devoted canine friends in action here

Niagara Hospice is thankful for all the ways in which the community embraced the organization throughout the year – from purchasing art kits and cookies to making contributions to the summer and end-of-year fundraising appeals to hosting their own fundraisers.

Customer nominations from Starbucks locations in Niagara County led to a $2,500 grant from the Starbucks Foundation’s Neighborhood Grants Fund that went directly to purchasing additional PPE for the clinical staff.

In May, the special events were converted into a variety of online fundraisers. The organization is grateful to all the sponsors, participants and volunteers who collaborated with staff to launch a new assortment of virtual events.  

In July, more than 300 people purchased a memorial butterfly for the community display in the Memorial Gardens. You can watch the video here.

Biking and running enthusiasts jumped at the chance to sign up for the virtual Gran Fondo bike ride in August and Mighty Niagara Half Marathon and Hospice Dash 5K in September.

The special events department continued to innovate throughout the year, setting up an online silent auction and the annual $10,000 Reverse Raffle via Facebook Live in November. While the community had a lot of fun, the staff can’t wait to get back to in-person special events. 

Save the dates for the 2021 Spring Bouquet Sale being held from March 1-7. You can pre-order online here. You can stay tuned for other special event details by emailing information@niagarahospice.org to request being added to the enewsletter list or visit NiagaraHospice.org/SpecialEvents. 

Niagara Hospice is proud of the community’s prominent role each year in helping expand services while providing the expert end-of-life care, symptom management and caregiver relief to Niagara County families facing a terminal illness. You can read more in our year-in-review here.

Thank you Niagara County, Western New York and ex-pats living in other parts of the country and around the world for your support every day!

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