Hospices request holiday donations

By NEMS Daily Journal

Two Northeast Mississippi hospice agencies are asking for help to make the holidays brighter for people facing a terminal illness.
Hospice patients have life expectancies that are measured in weeks or months, not years.
Gilbert’s Hospice is collecting food items to help hospice patients and their families with Thanksgiving dinner. The agency is requesting donations of shelf-stable foods such as instant potatoes, cranberry sauce, soups, canned gravy, cake icing, cake mix, yams, cornbread mix or stuffing, canned meat, chicken broth, pie fillings, mac and cheese, and canned vegetables.
Donations should be dropped off by noon Monday at the Gilbert’s Hospice office at 2633 Lawndale in Tupelo.
Call Tracey Hollimon for more information at (662) 844-2417.
North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice program is also accepting donations of items and funds to prepare care baskets for hospice patients and bereaved families throughout 14 counties in north Mississippi. Each December, the hospice staff and volunteers compile and deliver 100 to 125 care baskets. Items requested include snack food items, bottled water, hot chocolate and tea mix, regular and sugar-free candy, personal care items and toiletries, inspirational books, music CDs, stationary, Christmas ornaments and mugs.
Items may be delivered through Dec. 11 to the NMMC Hospice office located in President Plaza at 422A President St., Tupelo. For more information, call Chris Maynard or Jerry Grammer at (662) 377-3612 or (800) 843-3375).