Hospice donates “Jeans for Charity” funds to Polk County Veterans Affairs

Published 9:09 am Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Darrel Moore, Jean Eckert and Dianne Timberlake. (photo submitted)

Darrel Moore, Jean Eckert and Dianne Timberlake. (photo submitted)

When Hospice of the Carolina Foothills called Darrel Moore, the Polk County Veterans Service Officer, to let him know that his organization had been chosen to receive the May “Jeans for Charity” donation, he was delighted.

He hung up the phone and immediately call Dianne Timberlake, director of Polk County Transportation Authority, to let her know he had $144 to transfer to her so that transportation could be provided for even more veterans who must travel to Asheville or Rutherfordton for care.

It was a meaningful occasion for Moore and Timberlake as they met with Jean Eckert, CEO at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.

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Each first Friday of the month, HoCF staff members pay at least $1 for the privilege of wearing jeans to work. They also wear a sticker that acknowledges who they are wearing jeans for that day–always a non-profit in their service area of Polk County in NC and Spartanburg and Greenville counties in South Carolina.

“We are happy,” says Eckert, “to be a partner with other non-profits in our area!”  “It’s a fun way,” Eckert says, “to raise awareness and money for all of those around us who are in some ways helping our neighbors in need.”

 – article submitted by Marsha Van Hecke