Twigs-Thriftree Volunteer Organization Donates $100,000 to Northern Westchester HospitalJuly 06, 2017
The Twigs, a volunteer arm of Northern Westchester Hospital, donated $100,000 to support four Northern Westchester Hospital programs. The gift, raised primarily from sales at the Twigs Thriftree Thrift Shop, located on Lexington Avenue and around the corner from NWH, will be allocated to caregiver, cancer, community health, and integrative wellness programs at the Hospital.
“The Twigs’ mission is to donate all net proceeds from Shop sales and fundraisers to NWH and its affiliate programs,” says the organization’s volunteer president Maureen Kilfoyle, who presented the $100,000 check to NWH President and CEO Joel Seligman at the Twigs 53rd Annual Luncheon celebrating its volunteers’ “endless efforts and boundless enthusiasm.”
Each of the following NWH programs will receive $25,000: The Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center (KHCC), where family caregivers find respite and support; The Bruce and Andrea Yablon Cancer Health and Wellness Program, created to empower patients diagnosed with cancer to live a healthy lifestyle in ways that powerfully touch mind, body and spirt; the Community Health Education and Outreach Program, which partners with schools and local groups to build a healthier community; and the Integrative Medicine Program, dedicated to enhancing patients’ health and wellness.
In addition to their annual financial gift, Twig members with an ‘artisanal touch’, create patient comfort items such as layettes, cough pillows, tray favors, and baby blankets, hats and sweaters. Over the last 12 months, Twigs donated 78,500 volunteer hours, whether working in the Shop or crafting comfort items for patients.
Since its founding in 1945, when early Twigs members held teas, bridge parties, and harvest festivals in support of NWH, the group has escalated its fundraising through operation of its Thriftree and to date has donated over $3.5 million to the hospital. In recent years, the group's generous contributions have made possible the Twigs Serenity Garden outside the Emergency Department and the Twigs Healing Garden in the Cancer Health and Wellness Center plus gifts earmarked for specific equipment for women and children. Today, the group has approximately 150 adult members, as well as teens who volunteer in the Thrift Shop. For shop hours, to make a donation or for additional information on the Twigs Thrift Shop, contact 914-666-6557 or visit www.twigsofnwh.org. You can also follow the Twigs on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest @TwigsofNorthernWestchesterHospital
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