Aroostook County – A second annual fundraiser, the proceeds from which provide added comfort to patients and their families at TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital, is being called a success by the nurses and staff on the Medical/Surgical Unit who organized it. More than $1,600 was raised in five hours at the Super Saturday Secondhand Sale to benefit the ongoing support of a new hospice room.
For the second consecutive year, TAMC team members held the event in the parking lot at TAMC’s North Street Healthcare facility after collecting items from fellow TAMC employees, family and community members that were sold in the huge yard sale on August 23. As renovation work to create a special hospice patient room on the Medical/Surgical Unit at TAMC nears completion, the nurses and other staff members working on the floor, who were the catalyst for the project, again rallied in support of the effort and asking The County community for help.
“We are so grateful to all who helped make our sale such a huge success again this year. We had a steady stream of people coming through. Everyone was very generous with rounding up or just stopping by and making a donation because they truly believe in the cause and that a lot of families in the community will benefit,” said Cindy Deschaine, secretary for the Medical/Surgical Unit, one of the staff leading the effort. “We are looking forward to the official opening of the new hospice room at TAMC soon and the 2015 Super Saturday Secondhand Sale next summer.”
Proceeds from the sale last year went toward the now nearly completed renovation of an existing patient room into a hospice room in an effort to provide patients with an extended stay and others requiring end-of-life treatment a more home-like environment. Proceeds from this year’s sale will help furnish the room and provide for the ongoing purchase of comfort items for patients and their families.
According to Deschaine, the hospice room enhancements will allow for family members to feel more at home with their loved one in a more personalized space giving them the chance to create a few more lasting memories within a home-away-from-home environment.