The American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter thanks Country Estates of Agawam for its generous donation of brand-new pajamas to Red Cross disaster clients. The pajamas will go to the children of the local families the Red Cross assisted this year following fires and other disasters. As a result of the donation, every child the chapter has served so far this year will receive a new pair of pajamas. “We started out looking to adopt one family,” said Stacy Kenworthy, Country Estates’ director of Admissions and Marketing. “But after we … learned of all the families affected by disasters this year, we knew we wanted to do more, so we adopted a family and held a pajama drive.” Employees, residents, and families of residents donated pajamas, and each donor was entered into a raffle for a flat-screen television. The result was an assortment of more than 125 pairs of children’s pajamas.
Donna Lee Honeywell thrilled patients and staff at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital with a holiday treat, performing carols around the holidays at her hometown hospital in Ware. “This is my community hospital, and it provides care unlike any other hospital in the area,” said Honeywell (left), who is known for performing original northern country music throughout Massachusetts and has long been a fixture in the local music scene. “Baystate Mary Lane Hospital has taken care of my family and me for years. I am proud to join these outstanding health care providers and bring cheer to those in the hospital.” She and student Lorissa Hayden delighted each patient with a private Christmas concert. “Donna Lee and Lorissa brought so much joy to the patients in our hospital,” said Tina Frazier, RN, manager at the hospital. “Their kind gesture boosted the morale of the patients who were unable to be home with friends and family during the holiday season.”