Bird-Friendly Communities

Sharing The Joy of Birds With Hospice Patients

Donated bird feeders have been delivered to Hospice Home Care

Birds bring us comfort and joy, so when Jack Ciak, Executive Director of the Tribute of Life Foundation, approached Audubon Arkansas for help asking for donations of bird feeders, we jumped at the chance to spread that feeling to those in need at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. "The patients enjoy watching birds at the few feeders we have been able to place outside their windows. As you can imagine, anything that can bring a little enjoyment to those facing their end of life journey means a lot to both our patients and their families," said Mr. Ciak. We posted the request on the bird listserv and on Freecycle. Folks came through, delivering over two dozen feeders plus bags of seed to the Little Rock Audubon Center and to the hospice. A thoughtful Harrison resident mailed a check because she was too far away to give a feeder. Another birder also shared his story of a loved one who spent her final days at that facility. Now each room can have its own feeder. Local students and volunteers will keep the feeders filled and clean. Thank you to everyone who contributed, including Wild Birds Unlimited, which connected Tribute of Life Foundation to us.

Home Hospice Feeder
Donated feeders hang outside of a room where hospice patients and their families can enjoy watching the birds. Photo: Audubon Arkansas

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