BANGOR---All Saints Catholic School in Bangor has long focused on imparting an understanding of the importance of service to students while providing them with opportunities to give back to their community, a place that has given them so much.
In the process, generations of students have learned that it is a privilege to help others and a necessity to respect the dignity of each person.
Next week, the students of All Saints will offer the gift of love and kindness to new recipients: those living in the care of Beacon Hospice in Bangor.
“This week, our students are making handmade Valentine's Day cards for the clients served by Beacon Hospice,” said Doug Fogg, a teacher at All Saints. “We are calling it ‘Hearts for Hospice’ and hope to make over 200 Valentine's cards with inspirational and caring messages to bring a smile to those receiving hospice care.”
On Tuesday, February 12, the cards will be turned over to staff and volunteers from Beacon Hospice during a morning prayer service from 7:55 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. at the school’s St. John Campus on 166 State Street.
Beacon Hospice gives patients facing a life-limiting illness the freedom to live all the days of their lives by offering comfort, dignity, and quality of life.
While the main goal of “Hearts for Hospice” is to spread joy to struggling individuals and families, the project also enables All Saints staff to explain the concept of hospice to the students.
“This is especially poignant to several students and staff members of All Saints who have recently lost loved ones,” said Fogg. “We want to teach the students that hospice is a way to help those who are dying to transition peacefully from this world to the next and a way to support their family and caregivers.”