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Pumpkins for Patients

About Pumpkins For Patients

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Ohio has partnered with Pickering Hill Farms in Avon and Patterson's Farm Market in Chesterland to provide "Pumpkins for Patients," a special program designed to spread autumn cheer and make a difference in the lives of terminally-ill VNA Hospice patients and their families.

Once donated, the pumpkins are painted by area students, then delivered by VNA Hospice care teams to patients' homes in seven northeast Ohio counties.

Seven area schools have volunteered to paint "Pumpkins for Patients," providing meaningful service to the community while learning about what hospice is and who will be receiving the benefits of their creative efforts. They are Urban Community School, Gilmour Academy, St. Mary Magdalene/St. Justin Martyr School, Magnifcat High School, Cleveland Central Catholic High School, Hathaway Brown, and Laurel School.

Media Coverage

Watch a WKYC TV 3 segment about "Pumpkins for Patients"

Read West Life article: "Magnificat students paint pumpkins for hospice patients"

Read The Press article: "Pickering Hill Farms, patrons pick pumpkins for hospice" Click on article image below.

Read Mansfield News-Journal column: “Pumpkins deliver a lesson in living”

Read a VNA Hospice volunteer’s perspective about Pumpkins for Patients.

Pumpkin Donations

Photo Gallery: Patterson Farms donates over 200 pumpkins.

Photo Gallery: Pickering Hill Farms and its customers donate over 500 pumpkins.

Pumpkin Delivery

Photo Gallery: Pumpkin deliveries to VNA Hospice Care Center and Sunrise Assisted Living of Shaker Heights.

Photo Gallery: The Lutheran Home patients receive pumpkins.

Photo Gallery: Malachi House patients receive pumpkins.

Photo Gallery: Arden Courts residents receive pumpkins.

Pumpkin Painting

Photo Gallery: Magnificat High School student paint pumpkins in Westlake.

Photo Gallery: Urban Community School students paint pumpkins in Cleveland.

Photo Gallery: Gilmour Academy students paint pumpkins in Gates Mills.

Photo Gallery: St. Mary Magdalene/St. Justin Martyr School students paint pumpkins in Eastlake.

Photo Gallery: Cleveland Central Catholic High School paints pumpkins in Cleveland.

Photo Gallery: Lake Catholic High School paints pumpkins in Mentor.

Photo Gallery: Laurel School paints pumpkins in Shaker Heights.

Photo Gallery: Hathaway Brown paints pumpkins in Shaker Heights.

How To Help
The VNA Hospice Volunteer Program creates holiday remembrance activities for our patient families all year long. Once sufficient support for Pumpkins for Patients is collected, additional contributions will be used to support similar projects during other special occasions. For more information on Presents for Patients, please call any Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 216.902.7352 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To make a cash donation, please make checks payable to VNA Hospice (with "Presents for Patients Program" on the memo line) and mail to the Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio, 2500 East 22nd Street, Cleveland OH 44115. The Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Thanks To Our Volunteers and Paint Donors!
The "Pumpkins for Patients" poster and donations cards were designed by Pat Sandy, a Rocky River resident who is a volunteer with VNA Hospice in his spare time. During the day he works as a Senior Program Director of Humorous Cards (and "Humor Expert") at American Greetings. Many other volunteers have donated their time to deliver the pumpkins throughout northeast Ohio. AOK! Fitness donated to the painting session at Cleveland Central Catholic and Blue Star Design donated to the painting session at Urban Community School.


About VNA Hospice
Hospice came about in the Middle Ages as a way to comfort and care for the dying. In 2007, an estimated 1.4 million Americans received hospice services. The focus of hospice is to provide a compassionate team of people who help a person with a life-limiting illness or injury die pain-free and with dignity. Expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support are expressly tailored to each person’s needs and wishes. The goal is to enhance comfort and quality of life for one’s remaining time.

VNA Hospice compassionately cares for northeast Ohioans in their homes, no matter where they call home - a private residence, an assisted living center, or a nursing home. The VNA Hospice care team includes nurses, physicians, therapists, social workers, counselors, aides and volunteers who work together with patients, caregivers, families and physicians to provide the highest quality support and comfort. A plan of care is developed for each patient and is updated routinely as the patient's condition changes. All VNA Hospice nurses are required to be hospice-certified, and the VNA of Ohio is the only hospice provider in the area to have such a requirement. VNA Hospice serves patients and their families in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties. In addition, the VNA Hospice Care Center at MetroHealth's Old Brooklyn campus provides state-of-the-art inpatient care for comfort and care in a home-like setting.


Become A Volunteer
For more information about volunteering with VNA Hospice, click here or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Volunteers are the heart of hospice. The Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio can work with the particular interests and skills of both individuals and groups to help people provide compassionate care at the end of life for VNA Hospice patients.

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