Special Delivery: Metro Life Flight Crew Grants Wishes


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​The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family, but they’re also a time to look beyond our personal lives and help those in need. The Cleveland Metro Life Flight crew is in the business of giving back all year long, but this holiday season the dedicated medical team is also helping in another way: by collecting and donating items to help hospice patients and their families.

In the spirit of the season, the team set up bins in each of their crew quarters to collect “wish list items” most needed by patients and families at Hospice of the Western Reserve. Items like cozy socks to keep feet warm and toasty, stuffed animals to comfort patients with memory impairment and gift cards for gas and food to help visiting hospice families so they can spend more time with their loved ones. The team then arranged for delivery of the items to patients and families at David Simpson Hospice House just in time for the holidays.

“Many of our Metro Life Flight staff members have had overwhelmingly positive experiences with Hospice of the Western Reserve,” said Molly Gerber, flight nurse specialist and chair of MLF’s holiday grant. “The mission of Hospice is very similar to ours in that we are committed to helping families in challenging circumstances and understand that it’s the little things that sometimes matter most. We are happy to give this year’s holiday donation funds to Hospice and the families it serves.”

“Metro Life Flight’s donation exemplifies the true meaning of the holidays,” said HWR president and chief executive officer Bill Finn. “It’s often difficult for our families to have sufficient time and resources during the holidays. They will be so grateful for this selfless act of kindness. We’re thankful for Metro Life Flight’s generosity and support of our mission.”

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