Light Up a Life - Gift Wrapping Volunteer Opportunity


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Fri Nov 25, 2016 08:00 AM - Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:00 PM


50 Holyoke StreetHolyoke, MA 01040


UNTIL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY NEED HOSPICE care, you can’t truly understand its importance. Providing comfort and peace as people come to the end of their lives, and allowing their last days to be lived with dignity, carries a great responsibility to both the caretakers and their families. Holyoke’s Hospice Life Care takes great pleasure to ensure that families get the support they need during this time and for up to 13 months after their loved one passes.

"Hospice Life Care recognizes that the dying process is a natural part of living and focuses on enhancing the quality of remaining life when a cure is no longer available or desired," says Christine Waldie, director of Hospice Life Care. "We provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, wherever the patient calls home-be that at their actual home, an assisted living facility or a long-term care setting." The focus is on pain and symptom management, providing the patient with the ability to live their remaining time with self-respect and the best possible quality of life.

Hospice care is a holistic approach, respectfully addressing the physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their families. In accomplishing this mission, Hospice Life Care holds a yearly fundraiser, called Light Up A Life, in tandem with their Holiday Gift Wrapping event. Anyone can contribute to this fundraiser through buying a star that will be hung "In Memory Of" or "In Honor Of" a loved one of their choice. They can also volunteer to help with giftwrapping or bring their gifts to be wrapped for a small donation.

"This tradition of 'Remembering Those We Have Loved’ has grown and prospered through the donations and participation of our sponsors, donors and families," Waldie says. "The stars are displayed on the Holyoke VNA & Hospice Life Care’s Memorial Tree alongside our Holiday Gift Wrap Booth in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside during the holiday season."

The event has gone on for more than 25 years, and each season has raised approximately $30,000-which benefits Hospice Life Care’s many programs and services, including their Therapeutic Harp program and Pinning Ceremonies for Veterans.

"Hospice Life care would not be able to run this program without the support of the community and the volunteers," Waldie says. "Volunteers can sign up for a three-hour giftwrap session at our Gift Wrapping Booth starting November 25, 2016 (Black Friday)." By donating just a bit of your time or money, you help Hospice Life Care’s patients enjoy their final days in a peaceful and respectful manner.
Dignity, Comfort and Peace

Save the Date
Light Up A Life
When: November 25 through
December 24.
(Opening ceremony December 1.)
Where: Holyoke Mall at Ingleside.
How: Purchase a star, volunteer to wrap gifts or get your gifts wrapped for a donation.

Light Up A Life 2016

During the holiday season, stars will once again shine on Hospice Life Care’s Memorial Tree in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. This tradition of remembering those we have loved has grown and prospered through the donations and participation of our donors and families. Hospice families and donors purchase a star in memory or honor of a loved one. These stars will be placed on the Hospice "Light Up A Life" tree displayed at the Holyoke Mall alongside our Holiday Gift Wrap booth during the holiday season.

Our community memorial service and tree lighting ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 1st at 10 AM in the Holyoke Mall, near the Gift Wrap Booth. Rich Tettemer from 22News has again agreed to be our Emcee!

Light Up A Life proceeds benefit Hospice Life Care, which provides compassionate care to terminally ill patients and their families in Hampden and Hampshire counties.


  • Hospice Care
  • Bereavement Support

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • 3 Hour Gift Wrapping Shifts
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