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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: October 2021

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Two Lives, Two Hearts, One Journey

The sunset road is tread by two. One is the individual with limited time left in life, and the other is the primary caregiver. Both are walking that road with all its twists and turns — sometimes uphill, sometimes down. Those who have never walked that road will get a glimpse of this experience through …

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Generation to Generation – Honoring Heroes

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Reflections of Love

The holidays can be a very difficult and even lonely time for those who are grieving. What started out as a single tree being lit in Titusville as a way to give families a place to reflect and honor their loved ones that passed away during the year, has grown over the past 3 years …

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Meeting the growing need

St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care is pleased to announce construction on a new, centrally-located 10-bed in-patient hospice care center. The center will be located at Melbourne Regional Medical Center at 250 N. Wickham Road. The goal is to meet Brevard County’s growing population needs with quality in-patient hospice and respite care closer to home. “We …

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I Don’t Know What to Say! What Should I Say

The first time you meet a friend who has recently lost a spouse or other family member, you find it very difficult to know what to say.  Remember that your friend probably feels similarly out of their depth while carrying a heavy load of grief.  Take the initiative and reach out first.  Start with saying …

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Wild, Wet and Wonderful – Laughter is the Best Medicine

When the last school bell rang we wanted to help our NorthStar families kick off the summer season and what better way than with a Carnival! For over a year St. Francis Reflections limited in person events, so our NorthStar Program Coordinator, Lynn Kiefer set out to find creative ways to engage our NorthStar families. …

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