Sick of fighting the Christmas crowds at the local stores?
Tired of trying to figure out how to make Dad’s 16th straight tie for Christmas feel like a new idea?
Shelley Readman of the Prince George Hospice Society has an idea for worn-out Christmas shoppers.
“Goodwill giving is becoming more popular. It’s a great alternative to battling the crowds at the mall.”
The hospice society expanded to a 10-bed facility this year, but is looking for more funding.
“We were very aggressive in fundraising this year,” Readman said, “with a target of $2.2 million. We came up about $300,000 short, so we’re appealing to the public for help.”
She said there has been a lot of interest in the facilities at the local hospice house, which she attributes in large part to the demographics of the area.
“You’ve got an aging population, many of whom have lived in the area their whole lives. They would like to stay here to finish their lives.”
Readan points out one advantage to making a goodwill gift to hospice in someone else’s name is a potential tax break.
“The donor can decide whether the tax deduction goes to them, or to the person in whose name the donation is made.”
The society is gearing up for a busy 2010, with their annual gala fashion show set for Feb. 4. They’re also considering holding a lottery next year, and have a cookbook in the works.
“This isn’t your usual local service club cookbook,” Readman says. “There is a celebrity connection and that’s all I’m going to say at this point.”
For more information on the Prince George Hospice Society, call 250-563-2551 or visit the website at www.hospiceprincegeorge.ca.