Caring at Christmas Program Benefits Hospice Patients

Instead of mailing Christmas cards to friends and family this year, area residents may choose to donate the money they would have spent on cards and postage to “Caring at Christmas,” an annual program that raises money for charity. This year marks the 24th year for Caring at Christmas and Wilson Health Hospice has once again been chosen to receive the donations.

Recently, staff members of the Wilson Health Hospice team visited with patient, Charles Knouff of Ft. Loramie. When Knouff was diagnosed with his terminal illness he first sought active, curative care for the illness. When that care was no longer helpful, Knouff turned to Wilson Health Hospice for comfort and care.

“Having Wilson Health Hospice come into our home and care for me has been a blessing,” said Knouff. “I don’t know what I would do without them.”

Charles enjoys sharing stories and spending time with his dog, Josie.  Often times you will find Lisa Blagg, RN, and Amelia Carter, STNA listening and laughing as Knouff shares a story.

“After spending time with Charles and knowing that the Caring at Christmas program contributes directly to the care provided to this extraordinary man and his family, is really what the program is all about,” said Blagg. “We have been able to help so many patients like Charles over the years and we can’t thank the community enough for their continual support.”

Anyone who would like to donate to Caring at Christmas may do so by mailing their donation to: Wilson Health Hospice, Attn: Cashier, 915 W. Michigan St., Sidney, OH, 45365. Donations may also be made at any Chase Bank branch in Sidney. Please make all checks payable to Wilson Health Hospice for tax purposes.

The community is invited to join in this circle of caring. Shortly before Christmas, an acknowledgement will appear in the Sidney Daily News listing the names of all donors that contributed to this year’s program. In order to be included in this year’s acknowledgement donations must be received by December 12.

For more information about donating to Wilson Health, call the Foundation at (937) 498-5575. For information about Wilson Health Hospice, call (937) 498-9335 or visit wilsonhealth.org.