Hospice volunteers scatter kindness, cheer

TROY — The volunteers at Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County continued their annual tradition of decorating and delivering Christmas trees to hospice patients. The group of volunteers, known as the “Christmas Crafters,” delivered more than 150 small Christmas trees.

More than 5,000 ornaments were placed on the trees. The ornaments were handmade and donated from members of the community. Crafters of all ages drew, colored, crocheted, sewed, painted and designed the ornaments for patients and their families to enjoy this holiday season.

“Despite this year’s challenges, our volunteers and community were committed to continuing this tradition,” said Amy LeVan, director of Volunteer Services at Ohio’s Hospice. “Thanks to their efforts, we were able to Scatter Kindness™ and spread Christmas cheer to our patients and families.”

The trees were assembled at the Miami Valley Centre Mall. The space was donated to help the volunteers’ efforts. The volunteers wore masks and followed social distancing guidelines.

“The patients and their families greatly appreciate the kindness of the volunteers and the community for helping make their holiday season special,” LeVan said. “We’re grateful to our volunteers at Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County for assembling, making ornaments, decorating and delivering holiday trees to our patients.”

Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County thanks the community for its generous support of this project. Special thanks to Kim Copley; Liz Chaney and family; Cyndie O’Neal and grandchildren; Jenny Weber; Lisa Zimmerman; Janine Cooper and grandchildren; Lost Creek United Church of Christ; Karen McIntire; Missions Committee United Church of Christ; Lisa Napier and children; Gabrielle Rounds; Abigail Ngoza-Jordan and YMCA crafters; Kelly Kuhn; Susan Setser Wilson; Linda Henry and her class; Girl Scout Troop #30087; Fields of Grace Worship Center; Cheryl Stump; Valerie Nill; Lorraine Reibert; Hatcher Construction; Glenna Galbreath; Madalin Coppock; Zion Lutheran Church; Michelle, Sophia and Caleb Duley; Staff at JR Clarke Public Library; Troy Senior Center; Randall Residence; Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren; Leslie Raine and family; Bailey Brogan and National Honor Society members at Troy High School; and the Widegen Family.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, call (937) 335.5191, or visit hospiceofmiamicounty.org.