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Hospice Team Member Volunteers Time to Deliver Blankets to Veteran Hospice Patients

Heartland Hospice serving Central Wisconsin and the Montgomery-Plant-Dudley American Legion Auxiliary Unit 10 of Wausau teamed up to donate fleece blankets to veterans receiving hospice care. “I had the opportunity to connect with the American Legion Post 10 and Auxiliary because they heard about our need for blankets,” said Heartland volunteer coordinator, Amanda Cottrell. “I was pleased to attend one of their meetings and share more about what we do at Heartland Hospice and why we were asking for a donation like this from the community."

Caring for veterans on hospice requires special considerations. “Our team is trained to learn about the unique needs of veterans based on their wishes, their military experiences, and their sacrifices,” said Amanda. "Currently, 30% of our patients are veterans."

“It’s always a wonderful experience to see patients’ reactions when they receive a gift, like a blanket, that was made especially for them,” Amanda said. “We are always looking for patriotic-themed blankets for our veterans as a thank you for their service. It’s a special way to welcome them when they are admitted to our service,” she said.

The blankets made and donated by the Montgomery-Plant-Dudley American Legion Auxiliary Unit 10 of Wausau will be delivered to our veteran patients by several of the care team members. “Our patients light up and smile when they receive a blanket,” shared Amanda. “Some are at a loss for words and are very humbly surprised the blanket is for them.”

If you’re interested in donating blankets, contact Amanda Cottrell, volunteer coordinator, at 715.344.4541.