The Hospice Society is set to run their Food From the Heart drive at local Sobeys, Price Chopper and Foodland stores beginning this Friday, October 7, 2011 until October 16th, 2011.
Imagine having to face having a terminal illness and then adding financial stress on top of that. The Food From the Heart program provides Sobeys gift certificates to local families who are facing life threatening illness and financial hardship. The program distributed over $35,000 in certificates this year – which is $10,000 more than last year and a 50% increase over the last 2 years.
Families who need the Food From the Heart program come from all across Colchester and East Hants. They may be your friends and neighbors. Recently a family on the program wrote this letter: “My husband was found to have terminal cancer in March 2009. He not only was very ill but also had to worry about finances. But almost immediately Hospice was there to offer us help. The help we received put his mind at ease. My husband passed away earlier this year and our daughters and I just wanted you all to know how great a service this is for families in need.”
“Hospice is working with the very supportive and committed Sobeys team to plan this event and we set ambitious goals in order to meet the increasing need of local families: said Cathrine Yuill, Hospice Executive Director. “We are hoping to exceed our goal by raising over $22,000 in just ten days”.
“We absolutely could not run this important program without the generosity of local community members willing to make donations while purchasing their groceries. Each time someone makes a two dollar donation they can know in their hearts that a family facing end of life will not also have to worry about how to put food on the table” said Yuill. 100% of the Food From the Heart donations go directly to supporting local families.