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January 22 2016
 

Anonymous ‘Christmas Jar’ benefits ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice

Every other year, the Oconomowoc home of Mark and Martha Gleisner becomes a destination for people seeking winter holiday cheer. Since 2001, the Gleisners’ light display has featured thousands of colorful Christmas bulbs timed to glow and dim in sequence. According to Martha Gleisner, people enjoy the display so much that the family often receives thank-you cards and offers of donations. Their response to those in the spirit of giving is always the same:  Please give to ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc. When a donation is left with the Gleisner family, it is forwarded to the residential hospice.

Once again in 2015, people enjoying the light display left donations, which the Gleisners gave to ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice. But one notable gift arrived with a twist. Inspired by the “Christmas Jars” stories by novelist Jason Wright, anonymous donors left a large container of coins, a Christmas Jar book and a thank-you note at the Gleisners’ home. In the spirit of the Christmas Jars, every day in 2015 the donors had dropped their spare change into a coffee container, intending to donate the money at the end of the year. When Christmastime came, they gave the jar to the Gleisners, who tagged it for the hospice program.

“AngelsGrace Hospice has been near and dear to our family for many years,” said Gleisner, who is a patient educator at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital. “We’re grateful to the donors for bringing their Christmas Jar to us to pass along to the hospice program.”

Gleisner delivered the donation to ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice, and hospice supervisor Kathleen (Cass) Mullen gratefully accepted it. When the change was counted, it totaled $309.65. Mullen said the funds would be used for patient care.

The ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice Christmas jar is already working its magic: The Gleisners have begun saving their spare change for next season.

ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice has provided residential care for more than 3,200 individuals and their families since its opening in 2004. For information about ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice, visit ProHealthCare.org/AngelsGrace.

 

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