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Birdhouses that Change Lives

Norwich, CT (July 2013) – Anthony Bendoraitis’ nephew, Joey, was diagnosed with cancer in his early 20’s. “I saw the toll it took on my brother and sister-in-law”, Mr. Bendoraitis explained. “You can’t be a 24 hour caregiver. I saw the impact Center for Hospice Care had in their lives. I can’t express enough how grateful I am for the support and care they provided”. He wanted to find a way to give back and so he started to raise money to support the work Center for Hospice Care does for others.

“I feel good about giving”, Mr. Bendoraitis continued. “I can’t raise thousands of dollars, but if I can help you guys go on just a day longer – it’s worth it.”

Mr. Bendoraitis has done a number of fundraisers over the years, but this year he had the help of his grandson, Logan. “My grandson enjoys building things”, said Mr. Bendoraitis. “I had some wood lying around from previous projects that I needed to get rid of, so we made over 30 birdhouses.” Mr. Bendoraitis sold the birdhouses at work and the response was overwhelming with all birdhouses selling out before lunch the second day! They raised $250 which will be matched 100% by his company!

Together, Mr. Bendoraitis and Logan have made a contribution to Center for Hospice Care that is meaningful in more ways than one. This philanthropy has not only touched their lives, but the lives of those who purchased the birdhouses and the lives of the patients and families we care for every day. This donation can provide at least two days of care to a patient who has no insurance, are underinsured or are unable to pay.

Mr. Bendoraitis gives this advice to anyone who is interested in raising funds, “Try anything. You might be disappointed the first time, but the second time might be better and the third time might surprise you.”

About Center for Hospice Care

Center for Hospice Care is the new name for Hospice SECT. Since our founding in 1985, we have served more than 10,000 patients. We are the largest hospice in the 2 Southeast Connecticut and the only nonprofit hospice that focuses exclusively on New London County. We are also the only provider that delivers all the care and services needed by patients and their families – including extended group/individual bereavement counseling to anyone who needs it. Our staff is the most qualified and experienced in the field and is augmented by more than 100 specially trained volunteers who provide companionship to our patients and respite to their families. Center for Hospice Care is the only regional hospice affiliated with both Lawrence + Memorial and The William W. Backus Hospitals. With Center for Hospice Care, every moment matters.

Posted on July 17, 2013

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