• James Parry

Volunteers to rebuild, replace, and stock bird feeders at Palliative Care Residence in Hudson


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Gerry Foliot together with his wife, Sylvia, and their little fellow volunteer, Casey, who visit patients every Monday morning and shown here with volunteer coordinator, Susan Bedarski, are looking forward with their team to feeding the birds this summer at the Palliative Care Residence on Como Gardens.

A little birdie has told me that, thanks to the goodwill of local volunteers and generous donations for the cause, bird feeders outside every patient’s room at the Palliative Care Residence in Hudson are to be restored or replaced a soon as the warm weather comes and replenished with fresh seed at least once a week.

An initiative of Hudsonite and Hudson Legion Branch #115 member Gerry Foliot, it has been warmly welcomed by the Palliative Care Residence-Vaudreuil Soulanges and volunteer coordinator, Susan Bednarski. Assisting Foliot every week will be fellow Legion members, Carl Sandquist who will be restoring damaged bird feeders that have been neglected for the past few months or installing new ones – all hopefully with squirrel-proof baffles - as well as his wife Lynn, and Cody Gilmore who will make sure that they are well stocked on a regular basis.

Said Foliot who for the past year has been voluntarily visiting the residents on Como Garden every Monday morning with his adorable little Tibetan Terrier, Casey, who cheers up the patients, their families, and staff and volunteers alike, “During our weekly visits, we saw the need for the care of the bird feeders that are located in front of the patients’ windows. The winter storms have taken their toll and they are in desperate need of repair and regular attention.

“And I thought, why not let us fi x them up at no cost whatsoever to the Residence? I mentioned it to others at The Legion and some personal friends and the response was spontaneous and overwhelming.”

So much so, in fact, that enough bird feeders, cash donations, and bags of seed have already been received that will see the program continuing well throughout the summer.

Said Foliot, “I would like to thank everyone who has contributed. I know that it is going to mean a lot to the residents, their families, the staff , and all the other volunteers who support this most praiseworthy facility right here in our community.”

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