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Midnight Rider’s Donate to Hospice of Kona

The generosity of the Midnight Riders Motorcycle Club was warmly appreciated by Hospice of Kona, which welcomed the club’s $2,000 fundraising check. The monies will be used for quilts and stuffed bears provided to youth attending Camp Erin®-Hawaii on Hawaii Island at the end of June.

“The Midnight Riders have supported Hospice of Kona and the campers for a number of years. The bears and quilts are favorite keepsakes that are still treasured long after camp is over,” said Laura Varney, Hospice of Kona’s CEO.

Camp Erin-Hawaii is a free, weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6–17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them. It is a traditional, fun, high-energy camp combined with grief education, peer bonding, and emotional support led by grief support professionals and trained volunteers. Camp Erin-Hawaii is part of The Moyer Foundation’s national Camp Erin program.

Hospice of Kona’s Memory Lane Thrift Store Seeks Beach Items

Got beach items? Hospice of Kona’s Memory Lane Thrift Store is seeking gently used boogie boards, noodles, coolers, kids sand toys, beach chairs, and more for a special Summer Fundraiser; all proceeds will benefit Hospice of Kona’s residential hospice home, Nakamaru Hale.

Donations may be made directly to Memory Lane Thrift Store, which is located at 75-5745 Kuakini Highway (where the old 7-11 used to be) Kailua-Kona, HI. For more information you may call the store at 808-326-9293.  The fundraiser will be announced later this month.

“Vacationers and visitors leave behind a lot of great beach items,” said “Laura Varney, Hospice of Kona CEO. “Other vacationers and residents who are happy to save some money and at the same time donate to Nakamaru Hale will find this the perfect fundraiser.”

Hospice of Kona opened Memory Lane Thrift Store in 2010. It features carefully chosen, gently used clothing, furniture, beach items, household goods, jewelry and unique vintage items.  All donations are tax deductible; simply request a receipt after you drop off your items.

Nakamaru Hale provides a comforting and compassionate home-like setting for hospice patients who need an alternative to home care. The residence accommodates up to five hospice patients for respite, transitional or longer-term care during their final months of life.  The Hospice of Kona health care team works closely with patient, family and doctors as they develop a customized plan to care for physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs. Nakamaru Hale sits on a scenic and peaceful coffee plantation in Holualoa, HI.  For more information about Nakamaru Hale, please contact Hospice of Kona at 808-324-7700, or info@hospiceofkona.org.

Hospice of Kona Seeks Community Volunteers

Families of a loved one with a long-term illness or who are grieving a loss appreciate the range of supportive services provided by the Hospice of Kona (HOK) volunteer team.  West Hawaii residents wanting to help their neighbors and give back to the community can become a Hospice of Kona “Stars of Service” volunteer by attending the mandatory trainings that will be held at the HOK offices (75-5925 Walua Road, Suite 102) from 8:30am to 4:30pm on April 11th and 12th.

To register, please contact Adriana DeGress, Director of Volunteer Services/Events, 808-443-2936 or adegress@hospiceofkona.org.  Attending both meetings is mandatory to become a Certified Hospice Volunteer. Please bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and dessert provided.

“We have volunteers of all age ranges, from teenagers to retirees,” said Adriana.  “They’re the heart of our organization, because they extend their hearts to families and friends of patients with life-limiting illnesses.”

Volunteer positions include massage therapists, hair stylists, patient companions, bereavement support, Reiki therapists, musicians, and many others. Volunteers may have specific roles within the home setting or assist Hospice of Kona in other areas.