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Fruitland and Ontario High School Students Make Strides


Millions to Volunteer During Kids Care Week and Make a Difference Day

Please join the Cicely Ambassadors from Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care to Make a Difference. Participating students are from Fruitland and Ontario High Schools. Events include Senior Movie Night at Dorian Place in Ontario, October 19th, 2p-4p and the Harvest Hop Dance for Seniors at the Payette Senior Center, October 19th, 6p-9-p. Come one! Come all!

Thousands of youth across the country will be encouraged to participate with a purpose during National Kids Care Week, October 17 – 22 and Make a Difference Day on the 22nd. The annual event recognizes the power of youth to help others in their local community. Youth across the country will experience the genuine thrill of doing good as they reach out to those in need. Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others.

Call Heart ‘n Home today at 452-2663 for detailed information about the senior events starting during Kids Care Week.


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Youth Volunteers Make Fidget Blankets for Alzheimer’s Patients

Amidst all of the hustle and bustle at the beginning of an exciting and blessed holiday season, the Heart ‘n Home Cicely Ambassadors did some extraordinary work for the elderly community. Kimi Pedracini, Cicely Ambassador shared, “Fidget blankets have been fundraised and assembled by a young and select group of Youth Volunteers to give back to the old folks with Dementia or Alzheimer’s who have trouble staying still or remaining calm. As a coping mechanism, the blankets consist of various materials sewn onto a piece of fabric, allowing for hospice patients to play or “fidget” with the fleece. The Cicely Ambassadors have been working


Cicely Ambassadors working hard on the fidget blankets.

together since the end of July; strategizing how to profit the expenses, where the project should be held, and how to spread the word throughout the valley. This young team of unique Volunteers is comprised of high school students throughout the Oregon-Idaho border.

Together we are achieving something more significant and giving back to the beautiful community we have been blessed to be raised in. All of this incredible work could not have been done without the help of the Fruitland Volunteer Coordinator, Gwen Bennion. Together, this group constructed several blankets necessary for the beautiful hospice patients in our area, making the Winter Service Project for 2017, one for the books!”

Gwen Bennion,
Fruitland Volunteer Coordinator

Hospice Youth Volunteer Scholarship Winners: Fruitland High School

Congratulations to the 2011-2012 Cicely Ambassadors for a very successful year of serving patients and your community, as well as all of the countless moments that will be not be forgotten.  A special congratulations to our scholarship winners from Fruitland High School:

  • Milly Davis ($1,500)
  • Kacie Gastanaga ($1,250)
  • Emily Tingey ($1,250)
  • Daniel Dahle ($1,000)
  • Jandee Carlson (1,000)

We are very proud of your successes and look forward to the 2012-2013 Ambassador Team who are already trained and volunteering.

Pictured Left to right: Todd Stice, CFO, Heart ‘n Home; Milly Davis; Jandee Carlson; and Kacie Gastanaga (Daniel Dahle not pictured)

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