#GivingTuesday is on Dec.1, 2015
What is #GivingTuesday?
Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving.
Today, we are asking that you support Emmanuel Hospice on #GivingTuesday. Share with your friends. Share with your family. Show your love and support for our patients, families and caregivers on December 1, 2015. Your gifts help provide comfort and peace to those in great need. Our goal is to raise $1000 on GivingTuesday, so join us and be a part of a new tradition of generosity.
#GivingTuesday is a global day for giving back, so join us in giving at www.emmanuelhospice.org/donate For more details, visit our Facebook page. You may also read below to hear why we are compelled to give to our ministry also!
Why I Give…
We asked “Why do you give?” to those who serve in our ministry. The answers were simply beautiful.
Our Administrative Coordinator said: “I give to Emmanuel Hospice because I wholeheartedly believe that our mission, vision and values genuinely make a positive impact in the lives around us.”
Our Extended Care Nurse said: “I know the exemplary quality of the care we give. I have seen staff members and volunteers give sacrificially of their time and of themselves to be channels of God’s love. I’m compelled to support that goodness financially.”
Another team member said: “I give because of the tremendous emotional support that is provided to the patients and families. The staff and volunteers do everything they can to be sure that patients and families are comforted in their final days.”
Our Director of Community Outreach explained more about how our donors help us minister to those we serve. “Not many people are aware the Medicare reimbursement pays for only certain services. As a non-profit provider, we are able to minister to our patients, families and community members in a number of additional ways.
We provide free seminars on over 7 critical subjects to West Michigan seniors, church members, and healthcare staff. The gratitude and praise we receive after our seminars is amazing! We provide ancillary services to enhance the comfort of our patients and families like Music Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Acupressure. We have seen a patient with advanced Parkinson’s disease light up when Miranda (music therapist) played the harp, and we have seen tears of joy from the family as this was the first time they saw [the patient’s] eyes open in many days. We provide grief support and counseling to many in need, whether we are required to or not. I give to Emmanuel Hospice because we do more than required because we always find a need. We give first and pray our ministry keeps the lights on for many years to come. Our patients and their families are the reason we wake up, and the last thing we think about before our heads hit the pillow before we rest. I give because through tears of joy, or tears of sadness, Emmanuel Hospice makes a difference.”