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Respite Angels fundraiser a great cause

March 15, 2012
Estherville Daily News

It could happen to you.

There you are, caring for a loved one. It could be a parent or an aunt or an uncle. Or maybe even a spouse.

Your loved one is suffering from dementia, or maybe Alzheimer's, a progressive disease that robs anyone, regardless of income or social standing, of memories. Memories of family outings. Of when the person was married. Maybe a recent anniversary, even.

Now you're looking after this loved one, this relative. Maybe money's the issue. Or maybe it's just that you want to keep the person in his or her own home for as long as possible, to keep that person in familiar surroundings so life remains stable.

But after a while, you need a break. It has just become too much.

That's where Respite Angels comes in. Respite Angels, an organization formed in Emmet, Dickinson and Clay counties, provides respite service - volunteer caregivers - who sit in for family caregivers who need a break. It's a wonderful organization, comprised of volunteer respite volunteers who are providing a great service.

A soup lunch fundraiser, bake sale and silent auction will be held for Respite Angels 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Masonic Lodge in Estherville, with a soup, bar and drink for just $5. Just try to find a better deal than that.

A real bonus for attending the event is that Kayla Rossiter of Anytime Fitness will donate $100 from anyone who signs up for a membership at the event. That's a great way to get fit - and help others at the same time.

We encourage everyone who can, to attend. This is a great cause for some great people helping other great people.

And it doesn't get any greater than that.



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