Coastal Hospice

Blanket Donations Needed for U.S. Service Veterans in Hospice Care

Coastal Hospice asks community for patriotic-themed blankets for their veteran patients

SALISBURY, MD – April 30, 2019 – Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care is requesting the community’s support to help them honor the U.S. service veterans in its care.

Coastal Hospice has traditionally provided blankets, donated by the community, to give added comfort and warmth to patients. This year, Coastal Hospice is making a special appeal for blankets in patriotic motifs — including red/white/blue themes, stars and stripes, and similar — to be given to patients who are veterans.

Coastal Hospice is active in the “We Honor Veterans” program, developed in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, providing specialized care to veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, often addressing a specific need related to the veteran’s military service.

“Many veterans who have given so much were never welcomed or honored when they came home. This is a small way to acknowledge how grateful we are for their service,” said Nancy Stewart, coordinator for the We Honor Veterans program.

Most appropriate are knitted, crocheted, quilted or fleece blankets. The blankets must be new and can be either handmade or purchased. The ideal size is 38 inches wide by 75 inches long, or the size of a twin bed.

Donations are being accepted during regular business hours at the Coastal Hospice office at 2604 Old Ocean City Road in Salisbury or in or Dorchester County Office at 2 Aurora St, Cambridge, MD 21613.

Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions and who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.