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Turkeyfoot Benefit Crew donates to 2 area hospices

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The Turkeyfoot Benefit Crew presented $20,000 in donations to two area hospices this week.

One check presentation for $10,000 was made to Universal Home Health & Hospice Care in Bellefontaine and the other $10,000 donation went to Wilson Memorial Hospital’s hospice program. The agencies are separate entities.

The money received at Universal Home Health & Hospice will help pay for new technology that can provide staff with up to the minute documentation on patient assessments and intervention, Melanie Gossard, director of clinical services, said in an e-mail.

The Turkeyfoot Benefit Crew raises money through its annual bowling event in February, a parade and auction in June, a bass tournament in August, and 50/50 drawings at Froggy’s on Ohio State Football game days. The organization also has collection jars in various businesses around the Indian Lake area.

Universal provides hospice care to patients who have a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less. The goal is to ensure the patient has the best quality of life possible.

The hospice has an office located at 701 S. Main St. in Bellefontaine.

For more information about Wilson Hospice, call (937) 498-9335. For information about making a donation to the hospital, call the Wilson Foundation at (937) 498-5575 or visit

The hospital’s hospice serves residents of Shelby, Miami, Champaign, Logan, Auglaize and Darke counties.

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