St. Johnsbury, VT (December 18, 2020)– Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice, a division of Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC), is pleased to announce a recent donation of 105 Scentsy Buddies, or stuffed animals, to the Maternal Child Health Department. The donation was organized by local community member Jean Guest, Independent Scentsy Family Consultant. Guest has been collecting donations for the Maternal Child Health Department since October through her Annual Buddy Drive.
“The donation of 105 Buddies is enough so that every patient on our service will receive one this holiday season. At a time when money is tight for so many, the generosity of the community members and businesses who donated is sincerely appreciated,” said Magdalene Miller, Maternal Child Health Program Manager. “We are also very grateful for Jean Guest and her support of all children in the Northeast Kingdom,” Miller continued.
Donors for the 2020 Buddy Drive are: Lyndon Furniture, Passumpsic Savings Bank, The Carpet Connection, Community National Bank, The Pizza Man, Bagel Depot, Stonecrest Properties, Lyndonville Agway, Palmer Bros. Dry Cleaning, Parkway Realty Associates, Ville Auto, Lyndonville Redemption, Brett Gale State Farm Insurance, Modern Furniture, Northern Physical Therapy, Bob & Jean Guest, Matt & Jess Gilman, Nate & Amanda Killam, Danny & Karen Jarels, Meg Deroiser, Meghan Daniell of Perfectly Posh, Lois Goff, Jacqueline Colby, Eleanor Hisey, Samantha Roberts, Cathy Maio Aldrich, Lori Smith, Ronnie Sensinger, Debbie Russell, Kari Hickey, Kelly Caterino, Amy Merrow, Michele Smedy, and Chris Gallmeyer.
Guest shared, “The Buddy Drive is one of my favorite holiday traditions, and I feel very blessed to live in a community that supports efforts to come alongside our area children.” The Maternal Child Health Department’s visiting nurses have already begun delivery of the Buddies and will have them all out to families before the end of the holiday season.
The Maternal Child Health Department includes five programs, from preventative support to families through assessment and education, to pediatric high-tech, and palliative care services. These services are offered throughout the Northeast Kingdom. If you or someone you know may benefit from the support of a nurse home visitor in your pregnancy or early parenthood, contact the agency at 802-748-8116.
NCHC encompasses six community health centers, three dental centers, and a certified home health care & hospice division providing a full spectrum of quality, affordable, and compassionate health care services to patients of all ages, throughout the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. For more information, visit www.nchcvt.org. NCHC is supported in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H80CS00632. This information or content and conclusion are those of the author and should not be constructed on the official or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.
Pictured (L-R):Magdalene Miller, Maternal Child Health Manager; Jessica Shufelt, Nurse Home Visitor, Christina Olcott, Nurse Home Visitor; Jean Guest, Independent Scentsy Family Consultant.