Making moments matter this holiday season

How can you make your year-end donation? 

Our offices are closed for the holidays on December 27 & 28 and January 3.
In order to receive your 2019 charitable income tax receipt, please make your year-end gift by midnight on December 31st. If you are sending in a cheque, please ensure your envelope is date-stamped by Canada Post on the 31st. 

  1. Donate online here;
  2. Call us at 519-539-1231 ext. 221 to make a donation using your credit card;
  3. Mail a cheque to VON Oxford Sakura House or drop off a cheque to: VON Oxford Sakura House, 550 Ingersoll Ave, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S 4Y3

 

Liz loved nothing more than a crowded dinner table. In her days spent at Sakura House Hospice, she got her final wish.

She celebrated her 87th birthday surrounded by her family and friends in the kitchen at Sakura. She was wheeled down in her hospital bed. Her family and friends squished around the table.

The crowded dinner table was made possible because of donors like you. Moments. They are everything in life. And they are everything at the end-of-life. Will you help make these special moments possible with a gift today?

I sat down to write this letter to you after a lovely chat with Donna. She was so eager to share her family’s story. She wanted you to know how special the care was. She wanted you to know that her Mom almost didn’t come here.

Why? Because she didn’t want her Mom to be surrounded by death and sadness.

You see, five years before coming to Sakura, Liz began to suffer from dementia. Then she was diagnosed with liver disease. She wasn’t going to get better. After her Mom was bounced around to several hospitals in the area, they knew they needed another option.

The doctors who were taking care of Liz at the time convinced Donna and her family that Sakura House Hospice was the best option. After looking at the photos on the website, Donna and her family agreed.

When they arrived at Sakura, it felt like home. Liz felt so comfortable that she

would say goodnight to her son thinking he was just going to sleep in his bedroom down the hall. Like old times when her kids were little.

A huge burden had been lifted from Donna and their family. Donna and her brother would spend almost every hour with their Mom. What were the things they didn’t know before arriving at Sakura House?

They didn’t know about the private rooms. The home-like atmosphere. The daily soup. The baked goods and fresh coffee. The caring staff. The special volunteers. The joy. And, all the life and laughter.

It all made a difference they didn’t even know they needed until they got there.

This December, will you help make that difference for other patients and families? If you and every donor who receives this letter gives $16 today, we can cover the cost of Sakura House’s entire kitchen program for year. That $16 will help cover the groceries and our kitchen salary costs.

Donna says some of her Mom’s most favourite memories were spent at Disney World and camping in her RV. And, of course, those crowded tables. She loved hosting a good dinner party.

It was only because of donors like you that we could give Liz a place that felt like home. And, that crowded table filled with her family and friends. These are the things that really matter at the end-of-life.

We hope you will consider a donation to help make Sakura a home for patients just like Liz. Can I count on you today to help with our kitchen program? Donate before midnight on December 31 to receive your official charitable gift receipt for 2021.

Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday season.

Sincerely, 

Janine Jackson

Home & Community Care Manager, Sakura House Hospice

P.S. Have you thought about joining our monthly donor family? Your monthly gift will make Sakura House feel like home when patients and families stay with us. A donation of $16.00 each month will give a patient a favourite meal or snack in the middle of the night or provide a hot coffee or nourishing bowl of soup to a family member.

How can you make your year-end donation? 

  

  1. Donate online here
  2. Call us at 519-539-1231 ext. 221 to make a donation using your credit card; 
  3. Mail a cheque to VON Oxford Sakura House or drop off a cheque to: VON Oxford Sakura House, 550 Ingersoll Ave, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S 4Y3

Our offices are closed for the holidays on December 27 & 28 and January 3.
In order to receive your 2019 charitable income tax receipt, please make your year-end gift by midnight on December 31st  If you are sending in a cheque, please ensure your envelope is date-stamped by Canada Post on the 31st. 

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