Wearing festive hats and beautiful smiles the Hood River Youth of Heart of Hospice/YoHOH’s began visiting Hospice patients this season, delivering festive little pumpkins, visiting with patients and reading autumn poems by Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost.
They also even sang “I’m a Little Scarecrow” song to the tune of “I’m a little Teapot,” which was well received.
New YoHOH’s were amazed at how appreciative the patients, staff, and families were with the visits to Hood River Care Center, Down Manor, Brookside, Hawksridge, and Ashley Manor.
“At each stop the YoHOHs were received as if they were celebrities,” said Jayne Mederios, Heart of Hospice volunteer coordinator.
“It’s hard not to enjoy a group of smiling teenagers wearing silly hats.
One of the last visits of the day was with a Heart of Hospice patient and his wife.
“Our visit woke him from his nap, he sat up smiling in his bed wearing oxygen. We had a wonderful visit right there in his bedroom,” Mederios reported. “As we were leaving He blessed us with his heartfelt prayer, which left us all on the brink of tears.
“It is reminder how the greatest gift we can give to our Hospice patients is the gift of our time. For many of our patients these monthly visits are more like long overdue visits from their grandkids. If you are interested in Volunteering please call 541-386-1942 or email Jayne@HeartofHos-pice.org.