Local businesses are helping the community show its appreciation for hospice by taking part in the annual Hearts for Hospice campaign.

For the month of February, customers at participating businesses can donate one dollar or more to have their name, or the name of a loved one, displayed on a hospice heart inside the business.

Julie Hatfield, special events coordinator with Hospice Care Plus, says the Hearts for Hospice campaign has two purposes.

“It raises awareness about hospice care and the help and support it gives to both patients and families,” says Julie. “And, of course, the donations are very important to our non-profit program.  Not everyone realizes that, even when we are reimbursed by insurance, it only covers a portion of the care we provide. Plus, we have some programs, such as grief support and palliative care, which receive no insurance reimbursement whatsoever. They thrive because of the community’s investment in them.”

Donna Haney, a vice president with Central Bank, says the bank has participated in the Hearts for Hospice campaign for several years.

“It’s a small way we can help Hospice Care Plus provide compassionate and quality care,” says Donna. “Most customers are willing to purchase a heart in memory or honor of a loved one; the donation is minimal, but the reward is great.”

Hearts for Hospice will continue through the end of February. All proceeds support Hospice Care Plus programs: hospice home care, the Compassionate Care Center, Bereavement Outreach and Palliative Care Plus.

Hearts for Hospice Participating Businesses:

Richmond: Ace Hardware, Central Bank, Citizens Guaranty Bank, Community Trust Bank, Cumberland Valley National Bank, Madison Bank, Park Federal Community Bank

Berea:  Central Bank, Citizens Guaranty Bank, Community Trust Bank, Cumberland Valley National Bank, Knight’s Pharmacy, Papa Leno’s

Jackson County: Gray Hawk Landing, Jackson County Bank, Mr. Bill’s Grocery

Lee & Owsley Counties:  Farmers State Bank, Joe’s Meat Market, Peoples Exchange Bank

Estill County: Citizens Guaranty Bank

Rockcastle County: Citizens Bank in Brodhead and Mt. Vernon