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Holiday adoption program makes the season brighter

volunteerThe holiday adoption program makes the season brighter for families cared for by Kansas City Hospice. For most of us, the holiday season is a time to rest. We get away from the daily stress of work and life, relax and make lasting family memories. For those coping with a chronic or life-threatening health condition, finding relaxing moments can be challenging.

Your support of the KCH Holiday Adoption program has made it easier for families in-need to escape their stress and find moments of joy and peace. Marlan and Masko Moses’ charming five-year-old son, Marty, was born with a congenital heart condition. The KCH Carousel Pediatric Care program has provided specialized care for Marty and support for his family. Marlan relates “Marty was sick. We didn’t think we were going to be able to give the kids Christmas presents. So we were really surprised and happy to receive help from Kansas City Hospice.”

kansas city hospiceCaring volunteers make a difference

In 2019, volunteers with the Holiday Adoption program made sure the family’s holiday was a little brighter with gifts, a meal, diapers and other personal care items.

“A lot of families are very private. They don’t want to feel like they’re not able to take care of their kids. Or, that they need some extra support,” Merial Berry shares. “I think what they really find out quickly is that there is no judgment. It’s really empowering them to be able to do what they want and need to do for their own family.”

Merial Berry LMSW, is a social worker with Kansas City Hospice.

Each year, caring community volunteers work with KCH to provide nearly $20,000 in clothing, personal items, food and gifts to thankful families like the Moses Family. Families need items like diapers year-round. To learn more, contact Lane Foster at lfoster@KCHospice.org or 816.309.3208.

To learn more about the Moses Family, and other families supported by KCH and community volunteers, watch our 2020 impact video here!

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The mission of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. Our vision is that each person in our community is valued from life through death and each family is supported in their grief.

 


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