Published on December 26, 2018

Essentia Health-Fosston Tree Walk Raises over $15,000

Decorated tree.

One of the beautifully decorated trees.

Essentia Health-Fosston held the 17th Annual Tree Walk to raise money for its hospice program on December 2 at Magelssen Elementary School. The event included a pancake breakfast, cider and goodies, a silent auction, games for the kids, a visit from Santa and a Celebration of Life ceremony.

Festive holiday spirit abounded in the school with locally fresh-cut trees, donated by Mienert Electric, were decorated by a variety of individuals, businesses and organizations. Proceeds from the tree auction, silent auction, donations and angels purchased for the Celebration of Life ceremony raised over $15,000.

“We are so grateful for the generous community support of our hospice program,” says Kristi Mienert, registered nurse and hospice manager. Mienert adds, “Everyone who attended the event will make a difference in the lives of our hospice patients and their families.”

Funds from the event will be used to bridge the gap between the cost of hospice care and the amount insurance reimburses. Hospice care is a specialized type of care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers. Hospice care addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

Special thanks to Fosston-Lengby Lions for the pancake breakfast and tree delivery, Mireaults Home Furnishings for their donation from “Light up the Night”, Mienert Electric for donating the trees, Magelssen Elementary staff, everyone who decorated trees, donated items for the auction or attended the event.

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