Home Depot volunteers share the magic of the holidays with long-term care patients at St. Francis Reflections
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BREVARD COUNTY â¢ TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Volunteers from The Home Depot stores in Brevard and Indian River counties shared some holiday magic this season with patients at St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care.
Teams took action to beautify two of St. Francis’ centers: the Edward M. Poe Care Center in Titusville and the newer non-profit inpatient unit, the Courtenay Springs Care Center, on Merritt Island. .
âThe Home Depot has created a space for our patients and their families to come out and take a break, feel the breeze on their faces or watch the sun go down,â said Joe Killian, President and CEO of St. Francis Reflections. Care throughout the life.
âWe are very grateful to the local leaders of The Home Depot, including Frank Branson, Michael Placyk and Randy Ford. Our mission is to improve lives every day, and we are honored when our community partners give themselves to that end. “
The volunteers embellished the outdoor spaces at both sites, including planting beautiful plants, installing custom benches and a picnic table.
In addition, the Edward M. Poe Care Center received a new patio heater that expands daily use for patients and their families. The front of the building received new pavers and a custom container box to display commemorative stones, including Reflections of Love events.
Rocks from the 2021 locations will be collected and added to the boxes when the tree lights go out in February. In addition, the NorthStar Room in the adjacent Titusville building received a necessary gift of a new refrigerator.
In addition to the upgrades mentioned above, the Courtenay Springs location received a flag pole, as well as a special ceremony for the first flag to fly.
âThe installation of a flag pole has brought such a significant touch to our Courtenay Springs location,â said Christine Tate, Community Engagement Coordinator for Veterans Services.
âA lot of the volunteers were veterans themselves, so they understood the importance of that. In honor of the installation, we pinned three of The Home Depot associates and then arranged for a 94-year-old veteran, who is a resident, to hoist the flag for the first time.
âHome Depot’s commitment to our NorthStar Child Grief and the 160 children we care for is overwhelming,â said Lynn Kiefer, Child Grief Coordinator at St. Francis Reflections.
âWhether it’s art supplies, pots and plants, or a new refrigerator, these gifts touch the lives of children in our county. Thank you does not seem sufficient, but it is absolutely sincere.
Volunteers have come from Home Depot locations as far as Fort Pierce to help with special projects. Once the other plantings were completed, a signature orange tree was planted at both sites to recall the generosity of Santa Claus in orange.
St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care was founded in 1977 and licensed in 1990.
St. Francis is Brevard’s oldest independent, independent and interfaith provider of palliative care, palliative care, pediatric palliative care and bereavement support.
For more information on St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, please visit ReflectionsLSC.org or follow us on Facebook @StFrancisReflections.
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