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You never hear or see their names. In an alpha donor listing it says “Anonymous”. Sometimes that moniker is repeated for a full page. It is truly their first and last name. Regardless of the gift size there is something powerful in the silence. Their message rings of support without fanfare and the mission is more important than the recognition.

I have had whispers in my ear from donors that pledge from their life’s work because they LOVE the impact of their gifts. I have had donors bring gifts in kind or provided services free without anyone knowing what they have done. In quiet humility, each person or family determines what matters to them and then finds a way to put those gifts into action.

In response to these quiet donors the commitment is to be thankful for their engagement and to share with them ongoing impact. Their loyalty to the work and their attentiveness to the needs of the organization is ever-present. It is like a quilt in process and each stitch holds the organization together creating a beautiful patchwork of mission. Some love the edge work, some the design and others delight in the growing quilt to care and cover those in need.

We have all done anonymous things in life. We have been purposeful in caring for others without a need for recognition. I am honored to be in a position to receive these wonderful gifts at St. Francis Reflections Foundation. It makes my heart soar to honor them just a little because truly their real first and last name is LOVE.

Shawn Bassham, M.Ed., FACHE, CFRE

Reflections of Life Articles: April 2022

Calling All Hearts

What does it take to make a day better and brighter for those we serve? Our volunteers look for those opportunities. Sometimes it is a phone call, a personal visit or a hand written note of encouragement. Sometimes it is bringing lovely therapy pets to those who need a little snuggle and love. Sometimes it …

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All You Need is Love

They say to make life wonderful – All You Need is Love and A Little Help From My Friends well Rockin’ the Sunset certainly had that and much more. In the midst of days with cold, rainy forecasts the night was clear and the temperature perfect. We rocked the sunset with Liverpool Live. The band …

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We PAWS to Honor Ruth

Shawn Bassham I had the pleasure of visiting with Ruth Giusti and her little dog on multiple occasions. Ruth loved animals, and anyone that knew her knew that. When she was making decisions for her estate, she looked to see where she could help and that is when she learned about the Pet Pledge Program …

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Hats Off means the FUN is ON

Hats Off For Kids is a Kentucky Derby styled event and hat contest. Bring your Derby hat to enter into the contest with themes including: Kraziest hat, Space Coast themed hat, Favorite Movie themed hat and Most Elegant hat. Prizes will be awarded for each theme, but the real winners will be the families of …

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The Doctor Is In – Elementary School

The weather may have been gloomy outside, but inside the Children’s Center in Titusville it was all fun and education. Children received a special teddy bear who was their patient for the day. As the “doctors”, the children able to take vitals on the patient and see an x-ray of him. They bandaged his wounds …

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Centered Around what Matters Most – YOU

Over the last several months St. Francis Reflections has opened our second inpatient care center and provided sneak peeks of another in Brevard County. Our very first care center was built on gifted land from Edward M. Poe, who knew how important an inpatient care center would be to his hometown of Titusville. In 2015, …

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A Gift of Service – A Life of Honor

Sonata Viera Assisted Living Facility honored their Veterans with the help of St. Francis Reflection’s Christine Tate, the Veterans Coordinator. She was joined by Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 1 who raised the POW/MIA flag, and the colors presentation was provided by Viera High School JROTC Color Guard. The Star-Spangled Banner, and later God Bless America …

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E is for Empathy

There are three Es in the history of St. Francis Reflections that spells Empathy. It began in 1977 when Emilie Sasko saw that her neighbors in end of life where walking that road alone. As an RN with great Empathy she stepped forward when most of the country was not doing anything like this in …

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Heart of Hospice

The 2022 Heart of Hospice Awards were held at the USSSA Space Coast Complex with staff members and family on hand to celebrate 10 very special honorees. The honorees are selected because they go above and beyond their jobs uplifting patients and others in our community. They live out our mission of uplifting lives, uplifting …

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