Cyndi, the Administrator at Heartland Hospice serving Minnesota North, was excited to share a holiday experience that her hospice team participated in reminding us about the power of giving:
“Our hospice team was approached with an idea to ‘Adopt a Patient’ during the holidays in hopes of making that patient’s Christmas a little brighter. Immediately a team member mentioned a hospice patient who she thought could use some special attention this holiday season. The team agreed.”
“Victor had not felt appreciated and loved since his wife passed away nine years ago. Even though his daughter visits often he misses that special relationship that he had with his wife. He has a deep faith that waivered at times but has endured and remains strong.”
“Our Heartland team decided to organize a holiday dinner for Victor and his daughter, Amy. They inquired about their favorite foods, and then arranged for the meal to be catered by Kay’s Kitchen, which happens to be the place Victor would take his family for dinner as well as the first job Amy had for many years. The team kept the dinner a surprise.”
“The big day arrived. That morning, during the home health aide’s visit, she made sure that Victor was showered and dressed nice. In fact, he had no idea why he was so dressed up. When the team let him in on the surprise, the look on his face was priceless and he smiled in awe! Victor opened some gifts from the team which included a book with pictures of tractors and 2 caps ‘Peterbilt’ which he loved. Victor worked his entire life on the road trucking to support and make a good living for his family”
“He said as he smiled, ‘You didn’t have to.’ Then everyone, including Victor, sang Christmas Carol’s: Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls and O’ Little Town of Bethlehem. After the singing was finished Victor was so overwhelmed that he shed tears! There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. We were honored to celebrate an incredible man that morning.”
“Victor shared that if it was not for Heartland Hospice, he would not be where he is at today. Giving him that one-on-one attention, working through his faith and being able to trust again has allowed him to be whole again."
"It was truly amazing to see the Heartland Hospice team impact his life in a truly beautiful way!”