Garden Shed Raffle Benefits Hospice
Garden Shed Raffle Benefits Hospice

Garden Shed Raffle Benefits Hospice

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Tim Harr of Christmas Forever Village (from left) donated a garden shed to Hospice of Wyandot Memorial Hospital, and Home Health and Hospice Senior Director Cathy Browne said the proceeds from the raffle underway will help expand the department’s virtual reality equipment library.

Christmas Forever Village of Upper Sandusky donated a garden shed to Hospice of Wyandot Memorial Hospital to raffle with the proceeds benefitting local hospice patients.

“The shed is 8 feet by 10 feet, Amish-made and perfect for a playhouse, ‘he-shed/she-shed’ or any purpose you might have at home,” noted Tim Harr of Christmas Forever Village. “The possibilities are endless.”

Harr donated the shed to Hospice with the intent of helping with a special project. Home Health and Hospice Senior Director Cathy Browne said the staff in her department considered several needs and decided expanding their virtual reality (VR) equipment library would benefit the most patients.

“Our current virtual reality equipment and experiences were funded through a state veterans’ organization,” Browne explained. “Most of the experiences we currently have are geared to the interests of veterans, and we’d like to add some featuring travel destinations – like national parks – and others specific to guided imagery and meditation.”

Browne said VR programs have positive impacts on patients by alleviating feelings of isolation and helping with stress relief. The technology can also help reduce pain with the feeling of escape and distraction it provides.

“When you put the headset on, it totally immerses you in the surroundings of the selected experience,” Browne stated. “A patient can mentally getaway from their situation, relax and feel some relief.”

Browne indicated expanding the VR library may also provide “bucket list” experiences for some or even enable patients to revisit familiar places.

The winner of the shed raffle will be drawn on Friday, June 18, and CSI Construction Services, Inc., of Wharton is providing complimentary delivery of the shed within Wyandot County.

“We’re so grateful to Tim for donating the shed and to all who are getting tickets,” Browne emphasized. “Everyone who participates is making a difference for our patients at a time when they need comfort the most.”

Harr reported Christmas Forever Village opens for the holiday season at 11671 County Highway 42 on October 1, and he welcomes shoppers other times by appointment by phoning or texting him at 419-294-8848.

“It’s not only Christmas, but also furniture and home décor,” he added. “Something for everyone in the perfect spot for browsing.”

Raffle tickets for the garden shed are $5 each or 6 for $25. Tickets are available at the Home Health and Hospice office at 105 Houpt Drive in Upper Sandusky and at Wyandot Memorial Hospital. Individuals interested in tickets may also contact the Public Relations department at WMH by phoning 419-294-4991, extension 2268, or use the “donate” button located on the hospital’s website at www.wyandotmemorial.org.