Gifts to Remember
What's the most memorable gift you've ever received? It doesn't have to be the biggest, fanciest or most expensive gift, but simply a gift that stands out in your mind. For me, it's a Magnavox single-disc/cassette player that my grandfather gave me one Christmas. I was ten years old, and it was my first stereo. Twenty years later, much of what I remember about that gift is not the stereo itself—as cutting-edge as the technology was for its time—but why it was important.
I'd opened all my other presents that Christmas Eve before my grandfather ushered me away from the tree to a closet holding an unwrapped cardboard shipping box topped with a solitary bow. A picture on the box betrayed the secret of its contents, and I beamed at the idea of my very own stereo. Soon enough, my grandfather and I delighted to its whirring compact discs.
Gift-giving is something we think about often this time of year. We can obsess over it, in fact. Still, the act of giving is central to our nature, and its emphasis truly makes this time of year unique. Rather than focusing on what we give, our priority should be why we give.
My grandfather and I shared a special bond through music. He knew very well that my first stereo was far too extraordinary to be mixed in with the other gifts of socks, toys and candy underneath the tree. It had to be reserved as the evening's grand finale. Only that presentation would guarantee the memorable unveiling his gift deserved.
Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care is privileged to witness the giving of many such gifts each day. We see families exchange those things in life they love most, whether it's an heirloom, a story or a tradition. Always, there is meaning more valuable than words behind the gesture.
We are also fortunate here to have supporters from those very families who give back to us. Last year, approximately 90% of the gifts to our in-home care program came from the family members and friends of those we served. Like the love of music that inspired my grandfather's gift to me, those gifts were given in the spirit of a shared passion—passion for care and comfort for your family.
Although we can't put a price on passion, your support matters. It enables Mountain Valley Hospice to maintain its exceptional standard of care and continue providing programs and services that meet as many of your family's specific needs as possible. That same 90% of gifts to in-home care generated more than half of the program's funding from donor-based initiatives. That fact in itself
shows the power of individual support. A gift, no matter the size, makes an impact when we share the same hopes, the same concerns and the same passions.
As the year draws to a close, I ask that you consider including Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in your giving plans. Our organization served more than 1,760 patients across Northwest North Carolina and Southwest Virginia last year. We are thankful to reach increasing numbers of people across the region, but we can continue only with your help.
This year's "Giving Tuesday," November 28, presents a terrific opportunity to support. This day, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, is celebrated as a growing national movement to donate to your nonprofit of choice at the beginning of the Holiday Season. You can donate at www.mtnvalleyhospice.org/donate and include "Giving Tuesday" in the comment box or write "Giving Tuesday" on the donation insert in this newsletter before mailing it back to the address provided.
If you'd prefer to make your donation nearer the year's end, you may certainly do so, but please, keep in mind all the experiences we've shared in 2017. We at Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care are grateful for your support and honored to be a part of your family's life. Now, share with us in the joy of giving others some of the most memorable gifts of their lives.
—Brett Willis, Director of Development