Anything from clothing and electronics to collectibles and kitchen ware will be sold at this year’s annual event. The extravaganza will kick-off at 8 a.m. with the “Early Bird Special” in which admission will be $3 and allows patrons to get the first “pick” of the day. At 10 p.m., the flea market will be free of charge to the public and will run till 4 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, Sept. 13, the shortened version of the flea market will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hospice will begin accepting donations for the flea market on August 26th, and donators may drop off merchandise at the High Country Greenhouses. For larger items, unloading assistance will be provided Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to the flea market, the Hospice system will begin an on the air educational program through the cooperation of 580 WKSK, at which time patients, volunteers, and affiliates of the Hospice system will provide their experiences with the program in an attempt to educate citizens of the High Country of what services Hospice provides.
Candice Cook from High Country Hospice elaborated on the goal of the on the air program.
“We hope to educate the public about hospice by airing interviews of people who have received care or have worked with us. Hopefully, by airing these interviews we can educate people about Hospice as well as encourage them to donate.” Cook said.
In addition, Hospice is also looking for volunteers who may be interested in assisting with home visits and helping with other fundraising events.
The Hospice care system emphasizes palliative care as opposed to curative treatment. In other words, the system works to improve the quality of life for those facing life threatening illnesses. For the terminally ill, Hospice strives to make sure those individuals are as comfortable as possible and also provide emotional and spiritual support for family members coming to terms with the departure of loved ones once they pass.
In essence, Hospice neither prolongs nor hastens death, but accepts the concept of mortality and eases the transition for those facing those circumstances. Typically, Hospice caters to terminally ill cancer patients but also provides care for anyone facing any type of life threatening condition. Fortunately, Hospice will not refuse care to patients with the inability to pay as the organization is funded by Medicaid and Medicare.
For more information on the flea market or opportunities to volunteer with Hospice, please contact Janet Braithwaite or Candice Cook at 828-265-9443.