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One Good Thing: Thanking hospice care volunteers

Emmanuel Hospice held a drive-thru luncheon for its volunteers.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A local hospice care facility took time to thank the volunteers who help them do what they do. Emmanuel Hospice in Grand Rapids recently hosted a no-contact, drive-thru luncheon for its 35 volunteers.  

Last Wednesday, the volunteers drove up to the main entrance on Hall Street. When they got there, staff placed a lunch in the trunk of their vehicles and told them how much they were appreciated.  

Emmanuel Hospice usually hosts a volunteer appreciation event in the Fall.  But, this isn't a usual year, and we all know how hard the pandemic has been on nursing homes, their residents, their staff and their volunteers. The non-profit says this was a way to both say 'thank you' to those volunteers and  to check in on them, since many are dealing with isolation like a lot of us are — with uncertainty.

"What a great way to express thanks during this homebound time," said a volunteer named Pat.

A simple 'thank you' seems small, but it rarely is.  Emmanuel Hospice gets today's One Good Thing for letting their many volunteers know they are appreciated.

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