“Flying into Spring.”
That is the name of the 2012 Hospice of Wyandot County quilt.
Created by members of the Wyandot Piecemakers quilt club, the quilt will be raffled off with proceeds going to hospice.
“The quilt is made in columns — one column is flying geese and the other column is machine-appliquéd flowers and the columns alternate,” Piecemakers Secretary Nancy Eyestone said.
This is the 25th year the club has donated a quilt to hospice to be raffled off, with drawings raising $63,332.
“It’s our community service project,” Eyestone said. “We wanted to help hospice because it is a great cause that benefits everybody, regardless of illness.”
Funds raised by quilt donations are used to help hospice provide care to people who have a terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months or less. Services include visits by nurses, a social worker, chaplain, hospice physician and trained volunteers. Hospice also assists clients with management of care; medications to control pain and manage symptoms of disease; dressing supplies; and equipment rental, such as oxygen, hospital beds and lift chairs. After death, hospice offers bereavement services for 13 months for families and a monthly support group that also is available to others in the community.
“The Wyandot Piecemakers have supported hospice since our organization began in 1988,” said Sue Barth, executive director of Hospice of Wyandot County. “Each individual quilt is carefully designed and assembled by the hands of caring women who have a desire to care for others in our community, much like the individualized plan of care that is developed for each hospice patient cared for. Our goals are very similar as we work in our community to care for others. Our patients’ independence, comfort and dignity are always top priority,”
Tickets for the drawing now are on sale. The cost is $1 each, six for $5 or 20 for $10. Tickets may be purchased from any hospice staff member or volunteer or Piecemakers members. Tickets also may be purchased through the mail to Hospice of Wyandot County, 320 W. Maple St., Suite C, Upper Sandusky OH 43351.
The drawing will be held during the annual Hospice of Wyandot County memorial service Oct. 18.
By CHANDA NEELY