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Hospice was professional, dedicated

(ran PW edition)

Editor, My family would like to publicly thank a truly great organization that works quietly among us but stands out above the rest during a critical time of need. The organization I speak about is Hernando/Pasco Hospice. With one phone call, they took complete control for the final days of our loved one, my wife's mother. They provided a level of care that could not have been bought. They were professional yet made it seem that they were part of the family. I would like to highlight the following Hospice personnel for their dedication:

Bobbie Fish, Pat Sovereign, Pat Damato, and Cathy D'amico.

I am sure that every person affiliated with Hospice would have done the same outstanding job as these four Ladies of Mercy.

People of Pasco/Hernando Counties, this great organization is always in need of volunteers or donations, and I know they will be there for your family when you need them. To contact or send donations, write:

Hernando/Pasco Hospice

12107 Majestic Blvd.

Hudson, Florida 34667

Jack & Toni Kinney, Port Richey

Gesture restores

faith in doctors

Editor: I would like to acknowledge the caring people and doctors at Bay Dermatology in Port Richey. My husband lost our medical insurance when he was laid off last year. I received a certified letter from Dr. Armstrong at Bay Dermatology, stating they would treat my precancerous condition for free. I was greatly thankful and surprised at this offering, with the way other institutions want insurance cards before they will do anything concerning health matters. It restored my faith in doctors and professional people. Many more organizations should be aware of people who are in my situation, because it is greatly appreciated. I won't forget the kindness they have shown me.

Diane Van Tassel, Port Richey

Support sustains family

during sorrowful time

Editor: On Nov. 8, a beloved member of our family, Sgt. Joseph J. Rinaldi Sr., passed away after a seven-month battle with lung cancer. In the months that followed his diagnosis, and since the mournful day of his passing, our family has been inundated with support from the entire community. There is no way possible we, his family, can mention, never mind truly thank everyone for all they have done for us during this sorrowful time in our lives. However, to all of our family, friends, the Clearwater Police Department, Fraternal Order of Police, Anclote Elementary School, Hospice of Pasco County, Trinity Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey Elks Lodge, Lakeview Baptist Church, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, St. Petersburg Times, the doctors and staff at the Florida Cancer Institute, West Coast Medical and Community Hospital, Pasco County Sheriff's Office, New York New York, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Olive Garden, Johnny's Italian Restaurant, Rossi's Italian Restaurant, Julie's Limo and Topline Auto, we offer our most sincere thanks. To all of you, and those unmentioned but not unnoticed, please know how deeply you touched a family in their darkest of days.

The Rinaldi Family

Volunteers drive

Meals on Wheels

Editor: On behalf of the 70 plus recipients of meals from East Pasco Meals on Wheels Inc., I would like to say thank you to those who donated during the holidays. On Thanksgiving, we prepared and delivered 54 meals, on Christmas Day we prepared and delivered 46 meals, and on New Year's Day we delivered 66 meals. If it had not been for you, our staff and the help of many faithful volunteers, these people would not have had a hot nutritious meal. Yes, we deliver all holidays, and we deliver the noon meal five days a week.

Tray favors were made and donated for Thanksgiving by the Garden Gate Circle. The Christmas ones were made by the Bet Mar Hospitality Club and the Founders Transplant Circle. Christmas cookies were made by the residents of Rainbow Village.

The Women's Club and First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills donated nonperishable food as well as cash. Turkeys were donated by several individuals. Fourteen clubs and individuals gave additional gifts for the holidays.

I would also like to thank the churches, Sunday school classes, mobile home parks and people who donate to Meals on Wheels during the year. The need is here year round. Another thank you goes to those who donate newspapers and aluminum cans for recycling. Because we do not receive any type of government funding, the community deserves all the thanks for keeping us in operation for the past 29{ years.

Mamie Henry, executive director

_ Many letters to the editor we receive at the Pasco Times are expressions of gratitude and do not belong on the editorial page, where our goal is to foster discussion of issues and news events. Letters of thanks is an occasional column to accommodate such letters. Please mail to 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668, or e-mail to Pascosptimes.com.

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