Remembering Your Loved One at Christmas
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VNA Today December 2016
Remembering Your Loved One at Christmas

If you are missing someone this Christmas, remember them in a beautiful and meaningful way. Participate in our Light Up a Life program by placing a personalized dove on the VNA Christmas Tree. Last year, thousands of people chose to Light Up the Life of loved ones and people close to them. This act provides comfort and a loving remembrance, and also helps fund essential and compassionate hospice services for people in the community, regardless of ability to pay.

Tree locations are in Denton, Collin County, Dallas, and Kaufman. Suggested Light Up a Life dove donations are $10 or more. Order your doves at


Charitable Clients on
Hospice Last Year

Congregate Meals
Deliverd Per Day

Upcoming Events

Holiday Gift Wrap
Wednesday, Dec 7
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pet Food Delivery
Saturday, Dec 10
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Grief During the Holidays
Thursday, Dec 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Christmas Meal Delivery
Monday, Dec 26
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
When We Can't Deliver

Dallas weather is notoriously unpredictable. Sunny one day and literally freezing the next. When severe weather, emergency conditions, or holidays cause us to cancel our Meals on Wheels delivery, we have a plan in place. We provide two shelf-stable meals to all of our delivery clients. The clients keep the meals in their pantry, and we notify them when they should eat one of the shelf-stable meals. The shelf-stable meals have the same nutritional requirements as our hot meals and we've heard from some of our clients that they love them so much that they'd like to have them every day!

A typical shelf-stable meal might include a can of beef stew, strawberry applesauce, juice, saltine crackers, milk, and a blueberry cereal bar. Large volunteer groups help us pack up thousands of shelf-stable meals throughout the year. Last year was a mild winter and we delivered meals on every scheduled day. As we welcome winter this year, we hope our delivery streak continues. But if not, we know our clients won't go hungry!

Grief During the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be times of meaning, celebration and fun. Yet when we are feeling deep sadness and grief over the death of someone we love, we often don't approach the holidays with the same sense of gladness and joy. Instead, they become times of dread, apprehension and anxiousness. We know it won't be the same this year without the loved one we have lost.

VNA provides extensive bereavement services to the community through phone calls, mailings, home visits, meetings, and events. If you are seeking support for you or someone close to you, please connect with one of our bereavement coordinators in your area by calling 1(800) Call-VNA.

Thanksgiving Meal Delivery with 1,200 Volunteers!
Share the Love With You

Over the past eight years, Subaru has donated nearly $10 million to the Meals on Wheels network — that's equivalent to more than 1.4 meals to seniors across the country! Today through January 3, 2017, for every new Subaru vehicle leased or sold, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer's choice of participating charities. When you select Meals on Wheels America, VNA will receive a share of the revenue earned in Texas.

If you or your family members are in the market to purchase a new car, we'd like to Share the Love with you! Learn more here.

Have You Sent Your Holiday Cards?

Just 19 days until Christmas! If you need an easy solution for sending Christmas card greetings to friends and loved ones, let VNA take this item off your to-do list by sending them for you. You'll love the beautiful look of the red and silver cards that are both tasteful and festive. Best of all, we'll customize each card with your name, message and promptly get it in the mail.

To arrange for your holiday cards, email your list to or contact Elise at (214) 689-2606. Please consider sending a $12 donation for each card you would like sent and let us know if you’d like your donation designated for VNA Meals on Wheels or charitable hospice care.

How you can help
VNA is always looking for passionate volunteers.

Feed a senior or provide
hospice services.

Spread the word
on social media.


As we enter the holiday season and pause to reflect on our many blessings, I am so grateful for you. As a volunteer, donor, or supporter of VNA, you make a difference in so many lives each day. Because of you, the homebound get fed, the sick are cared for, the bereaved are supported, the lonely are visited, and our community is transformed in big and small ways.

Thank you for your support and may you each have a meaningful and beautiful holiday season and a very happy new year!

Katherine Krause Photo round
President & CEO VNA Texas

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VNA offers Meals on Wheels in Dallas County, and VNA Hospice Care and Private Care in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall, Tarrant and Van Zandt Counties.

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