CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN: Knitted Items Gifted to Hospice of Health First Through Love Stitches

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Volunteers Painstakingly Knit Items for the Terminally Ill

Beautifully imperfect knitted blankets and shawls are gifted to Hospice of Health First through Love Stitches, a group of volunteers who painstakingly create the items. The Hospice team immediately knew what an impact this loving handmade touch would mean for terminally ill patients. The volunteer effort has also given patients more than 500 blankets and shawls, including red, white and blue blankets honoring our veterans during pinning ceremonies.

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – When Alice’s granddaughter grew frustrated about making mistakes while knitting blankets, the hospice volunteer explained it wasn’t perfection that made these items special – these “love stitches” gave each pattern a personal touch, making them unique and heartfelt.

Now, these beautifully imperfect knitted blankets and shawls are gifted to Hospice of Health First through Love Stitches, a group of volunteers who painstakingly create the items.

The Hospice team immediately knew what an impact this loving handmade touch would mean for terminally ill patients.

“Some of our patients were knitters in the past, and when they receive a handmade item, it means the world to them,” shared Susan, Volunteer Services Coordinator with Hospice of Health First.

“I have also had several veteran patients cry when we handed them a red, white and blue knitted blanket. It’s very moving to witness. I am so glad that we are able to do this for our families.”

To date, Love Stitches has created more than 70 “fidget blankets” for Alzheimer’s patients, designed to sooth the fidgeting of individuals suffering from memory loss.

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The volunteer effort has also given patients more than 500 blankets and shawls, including red, white and blue blankets honoring our veterans during pinning ceremonies.

Hospice and Love Stitches have also provided more than 250 handmade aprons and bibs to male and female patients to preserve their dignity in facility settings.

“Hospice is a very high-touch field, and the ability for our clinicians to access these special labors of love means the world to us and the families we serve,” Susan said.

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2018 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN AWARDS

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.

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Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. 

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created in 2009 by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.

The 2019 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.

TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fundraising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2019 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2019 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and on SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com soon.

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HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL HONOREES INCLUDE:

• Evan Ernst, ‘Who We Play For’
• Healthy Start Coalition
• Community Foundation of Brevard
• Col. Nathan Thomas
• Space Coast Area Transit
• Friends of Children of Brevard County
• Lanette Sanders
• Bryan Lober
• 321 Millennials
• Brevard Zoo
• K9 Junny, BCSO Ambassador
• National Veterans Homeless Support
• Brevard Relief for Bahamas
• Rock Paper Simple
• Brevard Hispanic Center
• Pilot Club of Titusville
• Brevard Rescue Mission
• Tom and Sue Walker
• Heroes on the Water
• Love Stitches
• Matt Susin
• Bruce Buggs
• Sandra Pelham
• Denise Farias
• Brevard Civilian/Military Foundation
• Tim Deratany, Lifetime Achievement honoree

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Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers.

HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER HONOREES:

• Linda Shatzer, Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center
• Jama Sibley, Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital
• Janet MacKenzie, Melbourne Regional Medical Center
• April Marino, Health First’s Viera Hospital
• Catherine Shelton, Rockledge Regional Medical Center
• Susan Testa, Sebastian River Medical Center
• Pat Weber, Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital
• Dennis Jones, Parrish Medical Center

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER HONOREES:

• Haywood Davidson, Hospice Of St. Francis
• Val Johnson, Hospice Of Health First
• Kareen Williams, Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice
• Leslie Miller, Vitas Hospice

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This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by All Points, Erdman Automotive, Health First, Clear Choice Health Care, Florida Prep, Total Home Roofing, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Paper Simple, Embrace Home Loans, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, Friday Night Locker Room, Safari Mail House and SpaceCoastDaily.com.

Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe. Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

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