Etcetera - 11/30/10

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Sponsored by Walla Walla Community Hospice, the 24th annual Tree of Life ceremony will be 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Die Brcke building, 38 E. Main St.

The names in the Tree of Life book will be read during the ceremony, which will also feature music, candle lighting and refreshments.

In coordination with the ceremony, individuals may dedicate a light on the tree in memory of or in honor of a loved one for a donation of $10. The name of the honored person is printed on a paper tree ornament and placed on the tree, and is also inscribed in the Tree of Life book. For a contribution of $25, donors may also request a glass tree ornament. This year a reindeer and star design is beautifully etched into beveled glass.

Lights and ornaments may be purchased at the Hospice office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by calling WWCH at 525-5561or online at www.wwhospice.org.

The non profit organization is committed to providing quality hospice care to adults and children facing a limited life expectancy. No patient is denied hospice services for financial reasons, said Laurie Klicker with Hospice. Funds raised from the Tree of Life are used to provide this hospice care in Walla Walla, Columbia and Northeast Umatilla counties.

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Robin Dowsett, Volunteer Chore Services program manager, said she was quite impressed by a group of Walla Walla University students with whom she worked during their fall service day.

"They had time before they were due back to campus so they took on an extra task, spending the last hour weeding flower beds for a disabled client," Robin noted in the Volunteer Voices fall-winter newsletter for friends and volunteers of VCS in Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin counties.

"Conditions for weeding were perfect; the day was cool and we'd had recent rain. These students were able to make a big impact for a disabled client by donating that last hour." Altogether, they donated 75 hours of labor that day.

Robin finds tasks where clients can get the greatest benefit from the time volunteers give.

Other groups have contributed time, talent and energy to VCS: Juvenile Justice teens, Whitman College students, and folks from Pioneer United Methodist Church, Catholic Parish Social Ministry and Tri-Parish Youth Group.

VCS encourages some forethought for weather emergencies by planning ahead to help neighbors. Volunteers can get their paperwork done ahead of time so when the next big hail, snow, wind or sleet storm sweeps through, there won't be a delay in jumping in to help.

The VCS newsletter indicated a need for volunteers from Burbank, Touchet, College Place, Walla Walla, Pomeroy, Clarkston and areas in between. For more details, contact VCS at 408 W. Poplar St., 509-525-0572, or rdowsett@ccspokane.org .

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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