Small Organization, Big Heart

Recently, a small, community-minded, frontline organization decided to put forth a huge effort to offer a bit of comfort to another frontline organization and a big one at that. Enter Hospice of South Georgia’s Jesup location. A few people put together a meal, keeping resources local, to feed several hundred employees at Wayne Memorial Hospital. In fact, they served the day shift for two hours and the night shift for one hour within the same day.

Janet Keith, Executive Assistant to the Hospital CEO and CFO, remarked, “As a Wayne Memorial Hospital employee and on behalf of all my coworkers, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. for the wonderful boxed lunch they had prepared for our entire staff for both day and night shifts.  Also, a special thank you to JaJe’s Place and Page’s Pound Cakes and bless the hands that prepared them.  Our lunch was delicious!  We know that every day our staff puts the health and care of their patients first and that is never more apparent than in these trying times. So, it was very nice to be treated to lunch.  We should all strive to remember to take care of one another, if even in small ways, and that is exactly the love, support, and care given to us by the Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. – a small act of kindness that touched our heart in a big way. Thank you from all of us at Wayne Memorial Hospital.”

Several people from Hospice of South Georgia contributed to the effort through planning, picking up meals and actually serving the employees. One such person is Toni Ray, RN, Executive Director of Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. Ray shared, “Our local healthcare workers have been on my heart and mind a lot during the COVID battle and I felt like part of Hospice of South Georgia’s success has been from our caring community and their support of our agency.  We support our local vendors during this battle as their livelihood depends on our community for support right now.  We were honored to be able to give back.”

Another such person was Caleb Poppell, Marketing Director for Hospice of South Georgia. He said, “We chose these two local restaurants in order to keep the dollars spent local. A lot of individuals and businesses in this community support us and this, in turn, was our way to support them.”

Ashley Clements of Jaje’s Place added that she and her coworkers were delighted to “help show appreciation for the hospital staff and everything they’ve been through.” Page Dent of Page’s Pound Cakes chimed in he and his staff were “thankful and appreciative to be a part of it.”

Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. is a not for profit hospice care program serving greater Wayne County and surrounding areas of Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Jeff Davis, Long, Liberty, Pierce, Tattnall counties; and limited areas of Coffee, Glynn, McIntosh and Ware. They are a community-based and community supported organization striving to give back through education and a supportive, holistic approach to care.  Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. is dedicated to providing professional, compassionate clinical care and education along with supportive assistance through advance directives, end of life planning and decision making.