Caring at Christmas opens fund drive

Staff report

SIDNEY — Caring at Christmas organizers have opened their 24th annual fundraiser, suggsting that instead of mailing Christmas cards to friends and family this year, area residents donate the money they would have spent on cards and postage to Caring at Christmas, an annual program that raises money for charity.

Wilson Health Hospice has been chosen to receive the donations.

Recently, staff members of the Wilson Health Hospice team visited with patient, Charles Knouff, of Fort Loramie. When Knouff was diagnosed with his terminal illness, he first sought active, curative care for the illness. When that care was no longer helpful, Knouff turned to Wilson Health Hospice for comfort and care.

“Having Wilson Health Hospice come into our home and care for me has been a blessing,” said Knouff. “I don’t know what I would do without them.”

Knouff enjoys sharing stories and spending time with his dog, Josie.

“After spending time with Charles and knowing that the Caring at Christmas program contributes directly to the care provided to this extraordinary man and his family, is really what the program is all about,” said nurse Lisa Blagg. “We have been able to help so many patients like Charles over the years and we can’t thank the community enough for their continual support.”

Mail donations to Wilson Health Hospice, Attn: Cashier, 915 W. Michigan St., Sidney, OH, 45365. Donations may also be made at any Chase Bank branch in Sidney. Please make all checks payable to Wilson Health Hospice for tax purposes.

Shortly before Christmas, an acknowledgement will appear in the Sidney Daily News listing the names of all donors who contributed to this year’s program. In order to be included in this year’s acknowledgement, donations must be received by Dec. 12.

Staff report

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