Hospice volunteer Theresa Perry receives honor

Theresa Perry from Hood River is the regional Governor’s Volunteer Award winner in the Outstanding Adult Volunteer (age 19-54) category and Sandra Fritz is the regional winner, from The Dalles, in the Outstanding Senior Volunteer (age 55 or better) category.

Perry was honored for her work with Heart of Hospice Foundation in Hood River

The region includes Baker, Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler counties. A nominee from each category in the region is selected as the winner.

When Perry, a longtime Heart of Hospice volunteer, was diagnosed with cancer, hospice staff expected her to discontinue her weekly visits. Remarkably, she instead put her new experiences to good use and was able to empathize with patients and their families on a much greater level.

Perry’s message of “I can still be a volunteer” not only demonstrated her dedication to providing comfort to and improving quality of life of Oregonians with terminal illnesses but inspired all those around her.

Sandra Fritz of the State of Oregon Citizen Review Board was also honored.

For 20 years, Fritz has served on the CRB, where she has made recommendations to the court regarding the health and safety of foster children in Hood River and Wasco counties.

In addition to countless hours of preparation time, Fritz has spent more than 600 hours in review meetings. Because of her outstanding commitment to service, she has positively affected the lives of 1,200 children.

In addition to her volunteer work for the CRB, Sandra has volunteered for children’s health fairs, where she uses her years of experience as a clinical and public health nurse to provide services such as health screenings, medical advice and referrals. Fritz’s dedication to health and child welfare has also led her to volunteer with the Red Cross Blood Mobile and the Association for the Care of Children’s Health.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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