Patients who are receiving home health care from Hospice of Buffalo and Erie County received a special surprise with their pharmacy delivery over the Fourth of July holiday, thanks to the faculty and students at Kaegebein Elementary School. The students donated their time and talent to decorate prescription delivery bags with patriotic drawings and messages. The bags were then used to package needed medications for home delivery to the patients.
The Bags of Love program was implemented by the pharmacy three years ago as a "little extra" for patients during the winter holiday season. The positive response from surprised and appreciative patients was tremendous and the program has since been expanded to include several holidays throughout the year. The challenge of providing such a service is finding enough children to decorate the hundreds of bags. Mary Haggerty, principal of Kaegebein, quickly agreed to have the students help, and second grade teacher Zachary Wood coordinated the effort at the school. Throughout the years students from all over Western New York have contributed to the ongoing success of this program, including students from Grand Island High School, Sidway Elementary School and St. Stephen R.C. Church Religious Education program.