The tree on Red Deer Hospice’s donor wall is filling up with donation leaves. (Photo from Facebook)

Red Deer Hospice recognizes donors

Donor wall gets more leaves for its donor tree

Red Deer Hospice has reached 39 per cent of its fundraising goal for this year’s Fund a Day campaign.

Launched in 2008, the annual campaign gives people the opportunity to fund day-to-day operational costs at the 10-bed, non-profit facility in Anders.

Executive director Val Hilario said at $504 per day per resident, caring for residents at the hospice costs significantly less than in a hospital.

“Our goal was to fund 425 days. At present we have funded 167 days,” said executive director Val Hilario which means over $80,000 has been raised so far.

She said donors like knowing that they are covering the cost of daily of care by joining the campaign. Some people donate annually to the campaign.

Fund a Day runs to the end of December and is just one of the ways people can help the hospice that cares for about 160 residents each year and are not charged a fee to stay.

People and businesses can also leave legacy gifts, make memorial donations, and participate in other fundraising campaigns and events.

She said the hospice needs to raise 60 per cent of its annual $1.8-million operating budget and the sluggish economy continues to impact donations and fundraising.

“We’re still feeling it. Everyone is. I don’t think there’s a charity around that’s not feeling what’s going on.”

Last week the hospice held two events to thank donors for donations made prior to the end of August which is the end of the hospice’s fiscal year.

Hilario said it’s important to recognize not just those who receive tax receipts for their donations. As a result more than 40 leaves were added or changed, thanks to an increased donation, to the hospice donation tree on the donor wall.

“I think it’s good that we recognize those who donate services and things as well. We’ve got some people who have given some services to us that were substantial.”

For more information visit www.reddeerhospice.com.



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Clinton says Dem’s surprise win in Alabama a ‘turning point’ against Trump

VANCOUVER — Hillary Clinton says the Democratic party’s surprise win in Alabama… Continue reading

Playing long game, new NDP leader Singh says of poor byelection showing

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh isn’t reading too much into his… Continue reading

Unidentified buyer found for Toronto house where future princess lived

TORONTO — A buyer has been found for the Toronto house where… Continue reading

Women raising alarm about BBQ brushes

Beverly Smith’s ended up in an operating room after wire bristle pierced her bowel

Ban barbecue brushes: doctor

Brushes pose a health risk because wire bristles can get ingested

WATCH: Red Deer Royals nearing 50 years

The Red Deer Royals are a second family to Elise Bluett. The… Continue reading

Expect cooler temperatures and ‘dusting of snow’ this Christmas

Red Deer recorded a high temperature on Tuesday

Bed shortage means no mental reviews done yet on accused Edmonton attacker

A man accused of attempted murder after a police officer was hit… Continue reading

Update: Police release photo of suspected vehicle involved in fatal

Motorist dies near Ponoka after loose tire collides with vehicle near Ponoka

Notley criticizes MLA who fired staffer after sex harassment complaint

Notley says if Jason Nixon was her house leader he’d be out of a job immediately.

Red Deer needs to find a solution to syringe debris: city manager

City will consider the problem during the 2018 operating budget talks

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

VIDEO: Replay Red Deer Dec. 10

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month