Written by Service League of Greenville member: Cassie Causey, 2nd Vice President
On the cold and rainy morning of December 7th, the Service League of Greenville held its first ever Christmas Drive Through for our members. We set up in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot with a red truck with a Christmas tree in the back, a trailer with a Christmas tree and a fireplace, and tents to cover us while we served hot chocolate and goodie bags. The fireplace had a beautiful wreath given to the Service League by the Vidant Medical Foundation. Our President and Board members all dressed up as elves or in our Ugly Christmas sweaters. We were joined by Santa, along with beautiful Christmas music played by Clay Steinwinter. We want to thank WITN-TV for coming and sharing our day on the local news.
As more than 100 ladies drove through the parking lot, they had pictures taken with Santa, dropped off toys for the Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, and made donations to be shared with 3 Food Pantries in Pitt County. Many showed off their ugly Christmas sweaters, others dropped off blankets they had made for patients at Vidant, and others turned in their guesses as to how many Hershey kisses were in the big vase.
After 2 hours, the rain stopped and we had filled up the trailer with toys for the children! The Baskets were overflowing with donations, and the table was full of finished blankets. Our Santa was tired from running back and forth for pictures, we had given out all the goodie bags and hot chocolate. We were all excited about our fun time together. Even with our social distancing, wearing of masks, and cold weather, the Service League of Greenville showed that we are excited to help in many ways even during tough times!!
After everyone rested, the winners of the contests were chosen. The Vase held 587 Hershey kisses and Kathie Beckman guessed 562!! The winner of the best Sweater/costume was Jean Askew…the newest elf in the membership!! The carloads of gifts are going to be delivered to the Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. The donations to the three Food Pantries will be distributed this week. Thank you to all the wonderful ladies in the Service League of Greenville for your amazing generosity.
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Working in one of the Service League of Greenville gift shops we never know who or what we’re going to encounter. Sometimes, it really makes our day…
From SLG member Beth Harman:
I met Hamilton, a therapy dog at the cancer center, and his owner Brittany. They stopped by to see our Hope & Caring Boutique. Hamilton is such a great therapy dog. He is deaf and only has one eye. He is a Great Dane and is 6 years old. There are about 6 therapy dogs that they (recreational therapy department) use at the cancer center. I loved the picture they took because it has the outside of the shop and the shop plaque above us… I just loved that dog!
Back in March, The Daily Reflector did a wonderful article on Brittany Dail and Hamilton highlighting their therapy work and efforts to educate others about responsible pet ownership and special needs pets.
Here’s a video from the article:
A huge Service League of Greenville thank you to Brittany and Hamilton for their amazing service to our community by bringing comfort and joy to patients and helping to make pet ownership better for pets and people.
( Please check out the full online article at the Daily Reflector — CLICK HERE.)
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!
A fun time was had by all at our November Blanket Workshop. We had 13 ladies cutting and hand tying fleece blankets — and having a good chat!
Hospital Activities Chair Cassie Causey delivered 16 blankets to the Office of Patient and Family Experience, who were thrilled to receive them!
Thank you to all who participate in our blanket workshops! They bring warmth and comfort to patients and are much appreciated and even requested.
As Service League of Greenville members, we take pride in having “Service Hearts.” We do what we do to make a difference in our community and not for the recognition we receive. Just the same, it makes our day when someone lets us know how much they appreciate our efforts…
Such as this recent encounter shared by several SLG members working in our Service League of Greenville Gift Shop. From Martha Bloss:
“While working in the SLG Gift Shop today, a woman came in to thank the SLG for giving her mother a blanket. Her 87 year old mom makes many blankets and gives them to the fire dept and a child abuse social worker. She was thrilled to receive a blanket from someone else when she truly needed it. “
Another SLG members adds:
“This was a special and rather moving experience for each of us there. The daughter was sincerely appreciative of what had been given to her mother, who in turn, had been doing so much for others.”
Can it get any better than serving those who serve others? A huge SLG thank you to all who share their “Service Hearts.”
We had a great turnout for our first fall blanket workshop this year! Service League of Greenville members made 19 colorful hand-tied blankets and delivered them to Vidant Patient and Family Experience, who will gifted them to Vidant patients.
These workshops are always a wonderful way to connect with our fellow members and show individual Vidant patients how much we care.
SLG Oct Blanket Workshop
Thank you to all the members who participate in and donate to this worthy project!
In 2015 Service League of Greenville members pledged $2 million for a Healing Garden as part of the new Cancer Center located adjacent to the East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center. Once completed, the new facility will provide both inpatient and outpatient cancer services.
Last month, all Service League members were invited to attend a preview presentation by Vidant Medical Center and Vidant Health Foundation to update us on what has been happening with the cancer center and what our money will be helping to achieve.
Here are a few highlights from the comprehensive and thoughtful presentations by Phyllis DeAntonio, System Service Line Administrator of Cancer Care for Vidant Medical Center; Elaine Cunningham, Director of Development, Vidant Health Foundation; Varessa Wall, Director of Development, Vidant Health Foundation; Eva Marie Dyba, Major Gifts Officer, Vidant Health Foundation; and, Blair Vick, Event Coordinator, Vidant Health Foundation:
The importance of a cancer care center to Eastern North Carolina.
An artist rendering of the beautiful healing garden with meditation labyrinth (lower left).
Although the exterior of the cancer center is looking to be near completion these day, the doors won’t officially open until 2018. (You can watch the Cancer Center’s progression on Vidant’s construction cam video.)
Service League members and Vidant team ride a bus past the construction zone on their way to touring an actual mock-up of both an infusion treatment suite and care room.
In this mock infusion suite, league members see how patients will be able to view the healing garden provided by their pledge.
In all, four groups from the Service League attended presentations by hospital and foundation staff. Our thanks to the dedicated team of ladies who answered our many questions and who share our passion and commitment to the well-being of Eastern North Carolina.