JoyCatchers trees represent the work of a stranger, a stranger who cares about what is happening to folks who are home and/or bed-bound…JoyCatchers is a perfectly designed balance of volunteer effort and amazing results. – Noerena Abookire, Ph.D
We used the trees in the Day Center and also gave them to residents for their personal room decorations. I think that personally decorated trees are a nice way to show the ladies someone is thinking of them! – Lauren, Community and Corporate Engagement Coordinator, Downtown Women’s Center
One of our patients died before Christmas. She left behind a grieving husband and a teenage daughter. They came to our office and I had the daughter pick out a tree and I sent it home with her. I am sure it was the only Christmas decoration they had as they were struggling financially and overwhelmed with the care and then death of their loved one. – Leslie, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator
Almost every one of our seniors stated they would not have had a tree this year had it not been for the JoyCatchers Tree. To see their eyes light up and a smile come across their faces is so touching and one of those very special moments and connection with the spirit of another human being. – Frankie, WISE and Healthy Aging
It’s amazing that something so small can brighten someone’s room and make them smile… It is a privilege to receive them. Joy Catchers-they are indeed! Each beautifully decorated with its own style and theme. The trees are placed in designated areas throughout the hospital. Some are in our Community Living Center. There the trees adorn the patients dining room as they decorate each table. Each meal is more enjoyable. Trees are also displayed at each nursing station on the wards in the main hospital for all to enjoy. Being in the hospital is a difficult thing for most veterans, especially during the holidays. With the act of kindness from Joy Catchers, the patients stay is a little bit nicer. A smile is brought to their face as they look at the trees. Thank you again for caring about America’s Heroes and making a difference! – Carrie, Recreation Specialist for the Department of Veterans affairs in West LA
Our patients are always deeply touched by your generosity and I have the honor of witnessing the joy in their faces. I can’t think of a better name as they truly do spread joy. – Mary, Registered Nurse
We had such a great time and felt such joy being a part of something so much bigger than us. What you have created is truly remarkable. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to touch the hearts of all those impacted by the JoyCatchers project. – Sheila, Tree Trimming Participant
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