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Remembering Our Angels

NOTE: The Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony has been scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 2016, from 3pm to 4pm at The Church of the Loving Shepherd, 1066 S. New St. West Chester, PA 19382.

West Chester Evening Branch of the Women's Auxiliary to Chester County Hospital in Support of Neighborhood Health

RemembranceAs 2016 draws to a close we are amazed at the changes not only in our personal lives, but in our surrounding community over the past year. As we reflect on these changes it is reassuring to know that some things remain the same. Traditions, especially during the holidays, instill in us warm feelings of comfort and security in a rapidly changing world. Next year we will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the non-profit Chester County Hospital. As the hospital grows to accommodate the increase in population, it is reassuring to know the original tradition of providing quality, compassionate care remains the same.

For more than 28 years, Neighborhood Hospice, a branch of Chester County Hospital's 114 year old Neighborhood Health, has continued this tradition by providing quality, compassionate care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. With a growing community comes an increase in demand for these services and federal funding falls short in covering increased expenses. Neighborhood Hospice needs our help.

During this season of traditions and giving you are invited to join Chester County Hospital's West Chester Evening Auxiliary in their fund raising efforts by supporting our 2016 "Remembering Our Angels" appeal. For a contribution of $35.00, one beautiful, die-cut, cardstock angel ornament will be personalized with the name of one special person you would like to remember. This year's ornament was based on artwork donated by nationally recognized Chester County artist and resident, Dennis Minch.

Eventbrite - Remembering Our Angels 2016 - In support of Neighborhood Health Hospice Services

All proceeds from this appeal will support Neighborhood Hospice Inpatient and In Home Services. Your donation will help provide the financial resources so important to the healthcare professionals at Neighborhood Health as they continue to provide physical, psychological, social and spiritual services.

Everyone is invited to attend a memorial service and Angel Tree Lighting at Church of the Loving Shepherd, 1066 South New Street, West Chester, PA 19382, Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. (snow date December 11, 2016), where donors will be invited to hang their personalized ornament on the Angel Tree. Additional ornaments will be available for purchase the day of the tree lighting.

If you plan on attending this service, please RSVP on the attached response slip by December 2, 2016, otherwise, we will continue to accept donations throughout December and January. Ornaments will eventually be transferred by volunteers to the Angel Trees in the Family Lounge at Neighborhood Hospice for everyone to enjoy. If you have questions or require further information, please call me at 610-430-1698. Thank you for your generosity and best wishes to you and your family.

Ginger Gray, President
West Chester Evening Auxiliary


"You don't think about it. You don't believe you'll ever need it. You understand how important it is to the community so you support fund raisers that help it financially, but you never expect to use it for someone in your own family.

Then the unexpected happens, the unimaginable, and it becomes your lifeline and you see for yourself that everything that's ever been said is true. At the most difficult time in your life, the compassion from everyone you encounter, is exactly what you need. Nothing is too much trouble for them-the staff and volunteers attend to the needs of your family member who is in the last hours of their life, as well as you and anyone who is there to spend time with you. Having chosen to stay there around the clock, I was made comfortable with everything I needed to survive and thrive.>/p>

The loving care is not only for your physical needs but emotional and spiritual as well. Nothing is left to chance. There were constant opportunities to meet with the chaplain. One afternoon a talented group of young musicians from Henderson stopped by to treat us to their wonderful stringed instruments. Another evening a very well-behaved lab strolled into our room to let me pet her and enjoy her company. These were opportunities to soothe my spirit while being there for my mother. My mother received the compassionate care she deserved by the most unselfish people I have ever encountered. I have come to believe with all my heart that there are truly 'angels' that staff Neighborhood Hospice."

Marie Robinson
Daughter of a Hospice Patient

Last Updated: 8/15/2016