Christmas in the Forest is Providence St. Peter Foundation's largest fundraiser, generating more than $10.9 million throughout its 30-year history. Funds raised support life-saving medical equipment, compassionate care and Mission-driven programs.
This annual event brought in thousands of visitors to see the trees and wreaths decorated by volunteer designers. The trees and wreaths, as well as a number of donated specialty items, were then auctioned off at the dinner and gala to support charity care, life-saving equipment and compassionate programs for Providence ministries in the southwest Washington region. Several trees and wreaths were pre-sold or were raffle items.
More than $675,000 was raised at Christmas in the Forest, and some of the trees and wreaths purchased were donated back to the community, and were on display in the lobby of St. Peter Hospital, Providence St. Peter Hospital Neurology Unit (9th floor) and Medical Unit (4th floor), Providence St. Peter Sunshine House, Providence Mother Joseph Care Center, St. Peter Hospital Surgical Waiting Area, Panorama Convalescent & Rehabilitation Center, Olympia Senior Center, Boys and Girls Club and Kaiser Permanente.
Christmas in the Forest returns in 2018 with public viewings and the gala over the Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 weekend! To learn more about the 2018 Christmas in the Forest related activities, please visit the Christmas Forest website!
For further information about Christmas in the Forest, please contact Stacey Genzlinger at 360-493-7985.
Hospice services is the focus of the 2018 Fund-A-Need. The hospice mission is to provide compassionate care to terminally ill people and their loved ones to ensure that each individual experiences dignity, comfort and support in their own home. The multi-disciplinary team coordinates medical equipment, pharmacy needs, therapy, bathing assistance and personalized guidance to both the patient and family. In-home caregivers provide company to the patient as well as a needed break for family members providing around-the-clock care.
Hospice respite care will also be supported by gifts to this year's Fund-A-Need. It is often a family member who assumes the role of primary caregiver for the patient and respite care allows caregivers to get the rest they need.
Planned and crisis respite is a vital part of the Providence continuum of services which are intended to reduce family stress and minimize the need for out-of-home placements. Gifts to hospice support comfort care, as more than 1,000 patients each year are helped by hospice caregivers, enabling comfort care therapies that promote calming and well-being, while providing bereavement programs to people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Thank you to our foundation board members, volunteers, caregivers and community for helping the foundation make Christmas in the Forest such a wonderful success each year, and helping us further the Providence Mission of helping the poor and vulnerable.