Harlan Countians pledged more than $6,000 to Hospice of the Bluegrass during the annual Radio Day aired on WTUK in Harlan.
Brian Hensley, site director for the Harlan, office said the funds raised here will assist Harlan County families who receive services from the hospice organization.
“As an agency we have held several different fundraisers in the past. Radio Day is important to us because it helps offset the cost of indigent care in our community,” said Hensley. “As a non-profit organization we do not have outside revenue sources to offset the cost of indigent care. We will not turn anyone away because they cannot pay for our services.”
Hensley and Volunteer Services Coordinator Vicki Prince said Radio Day also allows the agency to inform and educate the community about hospice care.
“Our families who showed up to tell their stories did a phenomenal job,” said Prince. “Our donors are what keep us going. The patients and their families are why we do this. Each dollar donated benefits them. It truly does. It is a great way to get our message out, to inform and educate the public while raising money at the same time. Having the families tell there stories means so much. We came in and help those folks during a time when they really needed it.
Hensley said the goal of $5,000 was surpassed.
“We were fortunate enough to surpass our goal of $5,000 this year with a total amount raised of $6,275,” he said.
“Our volunteers stepped up and did a wonderful job for Radio Day,” said Prince. “They answered the phones. They let us know when people arrived and were available to be on the radio. They ran pledges to us when they were called in. They did so much. We couldn’t do without our volunteers.”
Prince explained Radio Day is a good special event for the organization, noting that often costs associated with events can be substantial and require a lot of staff and volunteer hours.
“Radio Day is more feasible for agencies such as ours,” she said.
Hensley stressed that the funds raised help offset costs of indigent care.
“Without this help our ability to provide this care would be greatly reduced,” he said.
Hensley said the volunteers who worked the phone bank and the guests who came in and read pledges and told their stories helped make the event a success.