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Kansas City hospice program seeking volunteers
Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care is looking for volunteers “to be good neighbors” to terminally ill patients and their family, according to a statement by the organization.
Effort is made to match volunteers and patients who live in the same part of the metropolitan area.
A three-day volunteer training for people interested in working with hospice patients and families will be Jan. 31, Feb. 2 and February 9 at the Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care main office, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, Kansas City, Mo. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first day and 6 to 9 p.m. the other days.
Volunteers can help by staying with a patient while the caregiver takes a break, spending time conversing, reading aloud, or helping with light household chores. Just being a supportive presence during the patient's final hours is a profound contribution. Special skills by attorneys, beauticians, massage therapists and notaries are always helpful.

Helping seniors have a merry Christmas
American Medical Response donated multiple round trip ambulance services on Christmas Day for selected nursing home patients to and from their family residences, according to a statement by AMR.
The nursing home selected the participating patients earlier this month.
“Anyone who has been away from home during the Christmas Day holiday knows the longing that comes with missing that special time with the family,” according to Cam Hendry, operations manager for AMR Independence.

Blue Spring Elks to host blood drive on Jan. 2
The Blue Springs Elks Lodge is asking people to start the new year off on a good note.
The organization is hosting a blood drive at their new lodge, 100 N.E. Brizendine Road, in the charity room.
The blood drive will be 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 2.
According to Charlotte Moccia, organizer, it’s especially critical for people to give blood during the winter months because the unknown effects severe weather could have on blood drives. She said the weather has already canceled some local blood drives.
The blood will be used for people who undergo surgery or even fighting cancer. Moccia said one blood donation can save up to three live.
Although walk ins are welcome, donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling Richard Stiles, 816-271-3941. Donors can also call the lodge at 816-229-6081.

Program helps smokers stay
committed to kicking habit
A project titled “Stay Quit Monday” is aimed at smokers trying to kick the habit one week at a time.The idea is for smokers to reaffirm their commitment to living smoke-free the Monday following New Year’s and recommitting each subsequent Monday.
Instead of thinking like “from today to forever”  it should be “from Monday to Monday,” according to a statement by Creative Connectors.