For Hometown News
Florida Hospital HospiceCare decorated and donated 74 mini-Christmas trees for patients staying at the inpatient units at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach and the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast. The trees went to Florida Hospital HospiceCare patients who are staying in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Throughout the year, HospiceCare employees purchase snacks in the break rooms with the money from the vending machines used for gifts for patients, such as the mini-trees.
Most of the trees are decorated by HospiceCare volunteers, but 10 were decorated by local dentists Dr. David Brown and Dr. Andrew Nawrocki and their office staff. Also local optometrist Dr. Michael Cady and his office staff decorated five.
"For the past 12 years, we have given patients these decorated mini-Christmas trees to bring normalcy and cheer to those facing life limiting illness, as the holidays can be a difficult time," said Barbara Cady, HospiceCare volunteer specialist. "This program has never failed to bring a smile to those patients and their families."
One such recipient this year was Carolyn Warner, 68, a HospiceCare patient living at Manor on the Green, a skilled nursing facility in Daytona Beach.
"I've never seen anything like this," Ms. Warner said. "This is the best Christmas since my husband passed away in November 2005."