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Early Christmas Spirit Benefits Hospice Patients Submitted: 11/11/2012
RHINELANDER - It may be November, but the spirit of Christmas has come early to the Northwoods.

This weekend Ministry St. Mary's Hospital held their 6th annual Christmas from the Heart. Over two dozen vendors set up shop in the hospital's main hallway. 10% per cent of every sale goes toward care for patients in hospice.

"We hold this event because hospice is a non-profit organization, and people that cannot afford our care or dont have the insurance can get help through our donations," said Melissa Houg, Outreach Coordinator with Ministry Home Care & Hospice.

Ministry medical group makes a point to help patients even if they can't afford services- and when it comes to end of life care, the hospital never wants to turn someone away.

"We have aides that can go in to help with daily bathing and any other care they need. We have RNs that are on call 24/7, we have chaplains, social workers, and then of course our great volunteers," said Houg.

A typical hospice patient's care costs about $160 per day. Last year, Christmas from the Heart raised $2,500 for hospice care.

On December 3rd the hospice department will hold their Tree of Love memorial fundraiser. Family members can send in their loved one's name along with a $10 donation to be read at the memorial ceremony.

They'll also hold a charity dart tournament in February 23rd at Bucketheads in Rhinelander.



Story By: Kailey Burton

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