Heartland Hospice serving Central Wisconsin, a division of ProMedica, Medical Social Worker, Ann Roquet, had a conversation with patient, Tara Verage, about any worries, fears or concerns she might have. Tara expressed that her biggest worry was how she was going to get school supplies and clothing for her 6-year-old daughter, who would be starting first grade, when she was spending all her time in a hospital bed.
Ann didn’t hesitate to find a way to help Tara with her concern. She met with Pam Kanies, Heartland Hospice Administrator, on how the agency could jump in and help. Ann came up with the idea to start a school supply initiative at the agency. “I feel energized when I can connect a patient to something they need; especially when they have been worrying about it. I knew our agency would step-up and be enthusiastic and generous givers; and they were!” said Ann.
Ann and Ashley Davis, Heartland Hospice RN Case Manager, delivered the school supplies to Tara for her daughter Audrina. Ann and Ashley brought in a laundry basket overflowing with school shoes and boots, snacks to share with her classroom and teacher supplies. They also delivered a large bag of new clothing, which had Audrina’s favorite things like unicorns, rainbows and sequins, along with a unicorn backpack that was full of school supplies. The Heartland team was very thoughtful with their donations to make sure Audrina had everything she needed to go to school, plus more!
Tara and Audrina were overwhelmed with all the donated school supplies Heartland Hospice had given them. Tara thanked Ann and Ashley multiple times and Audrina couldn’t believe this was all for her, saying “mine…mine…all mine!” She tried on her new unicorn socks, leggings, shirt, headband and school shoes. Once dressed in her new outfit, she put on her new fleece jacket and her backpack and was ready to go out the door. She did eventually go outside to show her friend next door all her new clothes! Each piece of clothing was like a new treasure and she loved them all! “This visit was simply a wonderful way to end a busy day and week. I was happy to be a part of sharing one little girl's joy in getting ready to go back to school. It was a bucket-filling moment for me,” said Ann.