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The Giving Project: Small Acts of Kindness 




The holidays are all about giving back, but for one group in Woodstock, they give back year round. The Giving Project was started in 2018 by a group of friends who wanted to support people going through chemotherapy at Woodstock Hospital.

The group started out as Project: Feel Be-You-tiful, but this past summer changed their name to reflect a change in their giving. “While our original goal was to provide small gifts to make women feel good about themselves, it has become clear that there are other patients receiving treatment that the money we raise could assist as well,” stated the group.

For the past year and a half, The Giving Project has purchased gifts such as headscarves, beauty gift certificates, and kits containing parking passes, earrings and Tim Horton’s gift cards. They will still be gifting these items, but also purchasing items such as grocery and gas gift cards.

The small gifts bring delight to patients in the Chemotherapy Department and spark conversation. “We had a patient and her daughter pick out a head covering during one of her treatments. She was so excited that she tried on at least five different ones. By the time she had picked one three other patients were giving their input on which one looked the best. It allowed those patients to share what fashions they used to make themselves look and feel good,” shared Corinne Hoekstra, Chemotherapy Resource Registered Nurse.

The gifts provided by The Giving Project are small kindnesses that have a huge impact to a patient’s day. Many first time recipients are speechless to learn that our community is thinking of them and supporting them during this journey. Each gift that they receive helps them feel a little more beautiful or helps relieve a burden, like paying for parking.

For the staff in the chemo clinic, being able to give the gifts helps to open the door to communication. “We are always teaching and giving encouragement to our patients throughout their journey,” said Corinne, “when we give out the head coverings it allows the ladies to speak freely about how they are feeling about the loss of their hair and the physical changes they will sometimes experience.”

The Giving Project is all about giving back and supporting patients who are fighting cancer. They host community fundraisers to raise the money needed to purchase these small gifts. Their most recent fundraiser was an Oktoberfest Celebration hosted in October. The event was very successful raising $10,000 that will go towards purchasing items for patients undergoing chemotherapy at Woodstock Hospital.

Thank you to the organizers of The Giving Project and everyone who has supported their initiatives. Your dedication makes an indescribable difference to patients. For more information about The Giving Project, follow their Facebook page or email thegivingprojectwoodstock@hotmail.com.