Youths brighten hearts on Thanksgiving at Care Center

On Thanksgiving morning the Youth of Heart of Hospice/YoHOHs arrived at the Hood River Care Center bringing dozens of assorted carnations and carringing signs that read Happy Thanksgiving for the resident.

“The YoHOH’s went from room to room throughout the building visiting with Residents answering their questions about the YoHOH’s program and the Residents were impressed with the fact that the high-schoolers were out volunteering their time,” writes Jayne Mederios, Heart of Hospice volunteer coordinator. “While visiting with one patient who asked each YoHOH their name and what grade they were in, she was delighted to have all these young people in her room. She told us how her family wouldn’t be visiting today, then shared, “You have really made my day by coming in for a visit today.”

“The YoHOH’s told her she would probably see them in the building again at Christmastime with Santa; she was delighted to know she might be seeing them again. When the students visit as a group many folks expect a song, so the YoHOHs in true YoHOH fashion improvised by singing ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ to the tune of ‘Happy Birthday’.”

“At the close of our visit the YoHOH’s were filled with such gratitude as they realized how much these visits really do matter to people. It was a truly delightful way to begin Thanksgiving Day.”

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