By arhospice on December 22nd, 2021
North Little Rock, Ark. – Thanks to generous holiday shoppers across the state, nearly 700 Christmas gifts of comfort were collected for Arkansas Hospice patients.
Known as the “Elf Squad,” holiday shoppers at participating merchants and through online giving added a few extra gifts to their shopping lists and dropped them in collection bins for Arkansas Hospice volunteers and clinical staff to assemble and deliver to patients.
The gifts consisted of books, puzzles, socks, and similar personal care items were assembled into gift bags by members and staff of the Arkansas Hospice volunteer program for delivery to patients by Arkansas Hospice clinical staff.
“The Elf Squad has been wonderful way to bring joy to our patients,” said Harriet Hawkins, Arkansas Hospice’s Director of Volunteers. “Every year, we have patients who request items like socks, slippers, blankets, large-print puzzle books or personal care items. While these items might seem simple, they can make a big difference for our fellow Arkansans facing life-limiting illnesses.”
Because of the success of this year’s Elf Squad, plans are to continue and expand the program for 2022.
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About Arkansas Hospice
Celebrating more than 29 years of service, Arkansas Hospice’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing serious illness and loss by surrounding them with love and embracing them with the best in physical, emotional and spiritual care. The hospice care provider is the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards, as well as numerous other awards for quality of care, including Hospice Honors Elite from HEALTHCAREfirst, as well as the only hospice in Arkansas to be certified by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs for nonprofit service to Arkansas’ veteran population. For more information, visit https://www.arkansashospice.org.
I have nothing but the best things to say about Arkansas Hospice. They were so good to my Dad before he passed away. The love and care, compassion they showed to my dad was priceless. The nurses and CNA’s that took care of my Dad are the best and always be the best.
We are just starting our dad’s final journey and Arkansas Hospice has been a blessing. They’ve taught us so much already and provide as much support and comfort to the family as they do my dad. I’m grateful they’ll be walking this final path with us.
I love Arkansas Hospice. Every single employee has a heart of gold and takes the best care of their patients.
I would not hesitate at all to recommend this provider for anyone who is considering hospice care for themselves or for a loved one.
Arkansas Hospice took care of my Mom before she passed. It was my first experience with any hospice and I was amazed. They took such great care of her. They treated her with dignity and respect until the end.
So many thanks for the way your staff treated my very dear friend, Jeff, as he raced toward the finish line. Words can’t express my gratitude for helping us to care for him and keep him comfortable. Top-notch professionalism and immediate responses to requests for assistance.