Hospice care center brightens patients’ days with good deeds

May 9, 2021 GMT

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — A hospice care center in Mississippi is working to brighten patients’ days with good deeds.

Wishing Well Project was started at SouthernCare Hospice in Picayune.

“If there’s something specific that will just brighten their day, cheer them up and give them a couple of good memories is what we try to do,” Coordinator Rebecca Silvia told WLOX.

WLOX-TV reports Nola King of Bay St. Louis just had her garden restored. When she was younger, she used to spend all of her time in the garden.

“I got garden of the month twice,” King told WLOX. “I’ve had a lawn mower, I weeded my flower beds, I made my flower beds. I’ve done it all.”

But lately, King said she has not been able to work in her garden at the house she’s lived in for over 70 years due to her health.

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“I miss it so much,” King told the television station. “Gardening helps you grow. I’ve read that plants are the best thing you could do when you’re older.”

Silvia said the organization relies on volunteers to complete patients’ wishes, and that they’re always looking for more.

“I’m always a little surprised at the turnout,” she said. “When you reach out to the need of folks, especially in Bay St. Louis they just turn up. Especially after a tough year of COVID it’s nice to see people being nice.”