With great pride, The Service League of Greenville officially opened the doors to our new HOPE AND CARING BOUTIQUE on March 25th, 2018. Located inside Vidant Health’s Cancer Center, the boutique is a warm and welcoming oasis, encouraging patients, visitors, and staff to relax as they shop amid soothing music, muted lighting, and welcoming smiles. Please stop in and say hello.
A huge Service League THANK YOU to all who helped make this beautiful gift shop a reality, especially our Gift Shops Manager, Marianne Smith-Conway and Assistant Gift Shops Manager, Carol Frey.
Our colorful, hand-tied fleece blankets continue to be popular with both the makers and the recipients. Blanket workshops were held in February and March and many members worked on blankets at home.
Fleece material was cut to appropriate lap-blanket size and heartwarming labels were pre-sewn onto one layer of each blanket.
Plenty of fun and discussion was shared as the edges of the two layers of the blanket were fringe-cut and hand-tied together.
Blankets were then rolled and tied with bows that held book-marker style cards explaining a bit about what THE SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE does.
Hospital Activities Chair Cassie Causey, assisted by SLG member Brenda Whichard, delivered the blankets to Vidant Health’s Office of Patient and Family Experience. Leslie Spencer and Erica Janak are always thrilled to have the blankets on hand for patients needing a little boost of warmth and sunshine during their stay at Vidant Health Center.
Thank you ladies for supporting SLG Hospital Activities Committee and helping to share some love with patients at Vidant.
Our thanks to Cassie and her helpers for organizing these workshops and all the ladies who participated in making them both rewarding and just so much fun!
In case you missed this posting by Angelina Brittle, on Vidant Health’s facebook page:
We have a very special #VidantThankYou to the Service League of Greenville. They donated sodas to stock our inpatient hospice house kitchen for our patients, their families and visitors to enjoy. Words cannot express how much comfort something like this can bring to our families.
A cart full of needed soda items donated by SLG members at our last meeting and delivered to Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice by SLG Hospice House Chair Martha Bloss.
Our thanks to Angelina for the lovely posting, Martha for organizing this, and all who donated!!
There was a tell-tale sea of blue and green smocks in the audience as Service League of Greenville President Annelle West took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of Vidant Health’s new Cancer Center. The Cancer Center is an important part of improving wellness in Greenville and eastern North Carolina and The Service League of Greenville members are proud to be a part of its beginnings and providing ongoing support through our Hope and Caring Boutique and the Healing Gardens.
The new healing garden made the perfect backdrop for the presentation of our first payment of $300,000 to meet our $2 million pledge to Vidant Health Foundation for the new Cancer Center’s garden. Service League of Greenville President, Annelle West, along with Vice President, Ann Taylor; 2nd VP, Danette Pugh; and Past President, Mary Lee Hobbie presented the check to Phyllis DeAntonio, Administrator for Cancer Services at Vidant Medical Center.
The day was cool, but sunny as Service League of Greenville members enjoyed their first glimpse of the healing garden in Vidant Health’s new Cancer Center set to open this month.
Another great day to be a part of the Service League of Greenville!
Shared from Vidant Home Health and Hospice News letter —
THE LINKS January 2018
DEAR HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS …
I trust that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I wish to take a moment to sincerely thank you for all your services provided for our hospice patients and their families. I am reminded daily of so many great volunteers who share their precious time and talents. Over the past two weeks, I have had many such moments and I wanted to share some of them with you.
Nearly every day that I go to the inpatient hospice house to see patients, I am warmly greeted by people who attend the front entrance. I know that the families and friends who come to visit our patients are greeted just as kindly and lovingly. When I talk with the visitors there, they frequently mention how wonderful it is to have volunteers greet them at the entrance and show them where to go. I hear comments like “I want to do that sometime in the future” from the people who have been helped. Our volunteers clearly leave a strong positive impression on the people who enter the building and provide a welcoming atmosphere.
So many people express gratitude for the food brought in to the hospice house by our volunteers. Having delicious and nutritious food in the building allows for families to be able to focus spending time with their loved ones and not worry about where and what to eat. People who eat this food constantly think about the kind hands that brought them. People thank me and the staff at the hospice house for the food, but we have to explain to them where the food came from, then they are amazed.
People are often astonished that our beautiful prayer shawls are hand-woven by volunteers. Patients cling to them in comfort and feel the gentle hands that made them. I see the peace that these shawls bring to families in stressful times. Personal items that mean so much are often clipped to the prayer shawls. The families will have them at home to remember patients by because of the comforting power of the shawls.
Lastly, during our regular meetings to discuss our home patients, the entire hospice team frequently discusses how certain patients and families have benefitted or will benefit greatly from having a volunteer spend time with them. It is so helpful to have people who can connect with patients and spend time with them to bring them joy. Our patients express how they look forward to having volunteers come to their homes.
These are just some of the examples in the past few weeks that demonstrate how valuable our volunteer services are. Of course, there are lots more that the volunteers do than what I mentioned above, and each person’s contribution is unique and awesome. Thank you so much for being a big part of our hospice team to provide care that is loving, kind, and gentle.
With gratitude, Tae Joon Lee, MD
“When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.” ~~ Thema Davis
It takes organization, willing hands, and good penmanship. But in the age of everything digital, it’s nice to know The Service League of Greenville still follows the time-honored tradition of addressing envelopes by hand for The Laughinghouse Fund Charity Ball.
Even when doing hundreds…
Our thanks to all who dedicated a morning to this endeavor and a special thanks to Annette Jones for organizing and hosting an important part of the charity ball process.
The Service League of Greenville’s 55th Annual Laughinghouse Charity Ball is on March 3rd. The theme is — A TASTE OF MARDI GRAS!
Service League of Greenville volunteers were hard at work in the months of — December & January.
Here are just some of the ways our members shared their Service League time and talent with their community:
- Service League Gift Shops & Snack Carts — 1113 hours
- Charity Ball Fundraiser —139 hours
- Vidant Medical Center Activities —-32 hours
- Ronald McDonald House — 137 hours
- Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice —137 hours
- McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge —-150 hours
- Layettes Program —28 hours
- Other Projects —601 hours
- Meetings — 668 hours
Total -— 3005 hours of service to our community!
Way to go Ladies!
The Service League of Greenville’s 55th Annual Laughinghouse Charity Ball is on March 3rd, less than 6 weeks away!
Meanwhile, under the guiding hands of Charity Ball Chair, Gwen Gordon and Laughinghouse Chair, Brenda Philips, the Charity Ball Committee is in full swing — invitations ordered, decorations planned, table settings selected, band reserved, fundraising well in hand, and taste testing for the menu happening soon …
Donating holiday food boxes to our community is a long-standing tradition for the Service League of Greenville. This year we out did our selves. On December 12th, Food Boxes were delivered to 102 in-need families to enjoy over the holiday season.
A huge thanks to the many Service League of Greenville members who gave generously to this cause; Mr. Sumerlin, Store manager of Piggly Wiggly, who organized the purchase and packaging of food items: and, HOPE OF GLORY MINISTRIES & SALVATION ARMY who selected recipients within our community and organized delivery of the boxes.
Special thanks to SLG supper organizers Co-Chairs Marcia Pleasants and Linda Clark.