Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sandoval Brings Christmas Cheer to Hope Hospice Cape Coral


The Christmas Project began in 2010 when Mary Lou O’Phelan received a load of unfinished Christmas quilt blocks from Patty Bartkowski at the Cape Coral Quilt Guild. That year, 22 Christmas quilts were donated to Hope Hospice. The following year, many members of the Guild joined in, allowing the group to donate 57 Christmas quilts. In 2012 Mary Lou O’Phelan and Marcia Denning decided to start a Quilt Club at the Sandoval clubhouse, to meet once a week. That year, special kits were made for those who wanted to participate in the Christmas project. The Club donated a total of 76 quilts at a special luncheon event - which has since become a tradition of the Sandoval Quilt Club.

The group now meets twice a month to enjoy the process of quilting, and every year they are able to donate more quilts. This year, Sandoval Quilt Club members donated 120 Christmas quilts to be distributed to homebound Hope Hospice recipients. These quilts are made with love, and every member has contributed in some way to make the project a success. Others from the Cape Coral Quilt Guild have also contributed to the cause - resulting in a large number of quilts and a festive event! Special thanks also goes to volunteers Carol Rose, Mary Ann McCarthy, and Sandy Nelson for their effort and dedication.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tree of Lights in Hope Hospice Houses

For more than 25 years, Hope has celebrated the spirit of the holidays with the Tree of Lights memorial. Placing an ornament on a twinkling tree in memory of a loved one has become a cherished family tradition for many. Over the years, people have shared that this simple act is their favorite way to honor those who have touched their lives.

At each Hospice House, we have adorned the Tree of Lights with white paper butterflies featuring loved ones’ names. A gift of $25 ensures the placement of a personalized butterfly; with a gift of $50 or more, donors will also receive a 2016 metal keepsake ornament for their own tree. Ornaments may be purchased online at Donate.HopeHCS.org/TreeofLights or at the Hospice Houses’ front desks.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Anniversary Celebrations at Joanne’s House

Amy was looking forward to her 25th anniversary with her husband, Tom. She hoped to make it a very special occasion. Geri, a personal care specialist at Joanne’s House, asked what we could do to help make it memorable for the happy couple. Our volunteer coordinator was able to find a tablecloth and fine china from our volunteer closet. We provided their favorite dinner from Outback Steakhouse along with a celebratory cake. In the Hospice House kitchen, staff helped plate the dinner for a pretty presentation.

Not to be outdone, Barbara and John celebrated a special anniversary of their own not long afterwards! These two loving couples made everyone smile, showing us that at Hope Hospice, every day can truly be a gift.

Amy and Tom

Barbara and John

Celebration of Life Memorial Services: December 11

At Hope, we know that living with loss is one of life’s greatest challenges - especially during the holidays.

You and your family are welcome to join us as we come together in community, compassion and caring to celebrate the memory of our loved ones.

You may bring a photo of your loved one to display during the service. Seating is limited. RSVP no later than December 5 by calling (877) 856-2449.

All five services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 11:
  • Bonita Springs, Hope Community Room
  • Cape Coral, Hope Community Room
  • Fort Myers, Hope Community Room
  • Lehigh Acres, Hope Chapel
  • LaBelle, 475 E. Cowboy Way
See https://www.hopehcs.org/celebrationoflife