Monday, October 17, 2016

“I have a patient that’s dying, shortly. And he knows of our Soul Sisters."

Kelly, one of our Soul Sisters, is an LPN at the Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert. She was working an evening shift about one week after Nelly’s Project 3 and she sent me a text message on her break.

“I have a patient that’s dying, shortly. And he knows of our Soul Sisters. I’ve been telling him about what we do and he wants to give us $20. And would like a receipt. I know we don’t give receipts but can we do this anyway? He won’t live till November and wants to donate but wants a receipt.”

When I read this text, it made me sad – for 2 reasons. It took him 45 minutes to get out of bed to go to his cabinet in his room to get the $20.

Secondly, with just a short time left in this world he was worried about a tax receipt. I made a copy of a picture with all the Soul Sisters and Danny Hooper from last years event as well as a brochure from this year.

I also wrote out a tax receipt and gave the items to my sister. She went to work the next day and when I asked her how her patient was she replied ” Happy ❤️”.

2 days later I was in St. Albert and went to the Sturgeon Hospital. I took my sister a coffee and she took me to meet her patient. I introduced myself and shook his hand and thanked him for his generosity.

He replied “I wish I could do more.” I told him that it isn’t the amount of the donation but the the kindness and thought that matters.

Kelly took the $20 from him, we added some funds to that from Soul Sisters and we donated toques and mitts that Jolene & Jordan delivered to the residents at Ambrose Place in Edmonton, in this man’s name & honour, a couple of days later.

Sadly this patient passed away on Saturday; but he was “Happy ❤️” that he made one last contribution to mankind.

Rest in peace,

Soul Sisters xo

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