Giving Back to Hospice Care
Patch employees volunteer five days each year (part of a Give 5 program) in the communities they cover as a practical way to give back.
Danvers Editor John Castelluccio spent some time volunteering at the Hospice of the North Shore in Danvers earlier this month during one of Patch's Give 5 days, along with Peabody Editor Bob Cook and Regional Editor Les Masterson.
The trio assisted with ongoing preparations at HNS headquarters on Sylvan Street for the upcoming Walk for Hospice this Saturday at St. John's Prep. The three-mile walk is a major fundraiser for the organization and is in its 23rd year.
"The annual walk attracts more than 3,000 families and friends of our patients from across the North Shore," says Dianne Stringer, president of HNS.
For the past 32 years, Hospice of the North Shore has sought to provide emotional support and practical assistance to terminally ill patients and their families. Today, the organization is the largest non-profit hospice in Massachusetts, serving over 2,300 patients each year.
The volunteer team got the glamorous job of organizing T-shirts for the walk, stickers, ribbons and other small necessities – not that they minded – it was a good test to see how high they could count to themselves without losing track, until Les broke out the calculator on his iPhone, that is. The trio also got to preview a new promotional video for the walk and offer their professional advice.