Just as a blustery storm blew through town, a donation to Hospice Huntsville gave staff and residents a reason to feel warm and fuzzy. Representatives from CCV Insurance stopped in to deliver twenty blankets for residents and their visitors.
“Hospice Huntsville provides an incredible community service,” said Deane Belfry, Business Development Advisor with CCV Insurance in Muskoka. “It’s invaluable for people who need it and we’re happy to support them.” The company also supports Hike for Hospice, one of the charity’s annual fundraisers.
The blankets are part of an Insurance Brokers of Ontario (IBAO) Awareness Day initiative. Brokers are encouraged to donate the blankets within their communities to both support and provide awareness for a local cause.
“Hospice was the first thing I thought of,” said Andrea Hadlington, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for CCV Insurance. “I spent a lot of time bedside with my sister-in-law. As soon as I learned about the blankets, I immediately knew how helpful these would be.”
The Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice opened in 2012 and has cared for 346 residents during that time and they are always in need of items to help the staff and volunteers provide care. “We appreciate all donations,” said Bev Lashbrook, Hospice Huntsville’s Executive Director. “These blankets will provide comfort and warmth to residents and their families during their stay.”
Melissa Polischuk, Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator for Hospice Huntsville, added that the facility has an ongoing wish list of needed items which will soon be updated in advance of the Christmas season. Hospice supporters can make a donation – either personally or as a meaningful gift in another person’s name – in the amount of a needed item. The list includes both small items like books for their library or supplies for the kitchen and large items like mattresses and bedroom furniture.
CCV Insurance will continue to support Hospice Huntsville in the future, along with other local causes like minor hockey and community fundraisers. They recently matched the funds raised at a bake sale for Emma Collins, a local teen fighting cancer, with a donation of $1300.
“It’s important for local businesses to be involved in their communities,” said Karen Armstrong, CCV Business Development Advisor. “Hospice is a charity that we are proud to support.”
Andrea Hadlington (left), Deane Belfry (centre) and Karen Armstrong (right) present blankets to Melissa Polischuk and Bev Lashbrook from Hospice Huntsville