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Dear Volunteer Friends,

November is a time to reflect on those people and things that cause us to give thanks.  We have a major election, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day.  The beginning of the Holiday Season.  While we may be celebrating very differently this year, one thing we can all strive to do, is to find thanks-giving in every day.

For a little background into our U.S. Holiday, here are some excerpts from History.com:

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2020 occurs on Thursday, November 26. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Thanksgiving Traditions:

In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.

Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. A number of U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual.

See the link below for the full article, including historic origins and Thanksgiving at Plymouth!

(https://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving 110220)

As the excerpt above states, Volunteering has become very common on Thanksgiving Day.  I started this tradition with my family some years ago by participating in a hunger walk for local food charities.  The slogan of the walk is, “give back, before giving thanks.”

You are all very familiar with this as a common practice because volunteering is part of everyday life for you.  For that I am truly thankful.  Thanks and giving.  What a beautiful combination of words to describe the importance of our caring mission at Adoray.  You are appreciated deeply for the care you give to others.  May you receive an extra measure of grace as we navigate this year’s Thanksgiving differently than before, and perhaps, we’ll find new meaning in the holiday, with even more reasons for thanks-giving.

Peace and Blessings,



Thank you Comfort Quilters!


Thank you Comfort Quilters for the donation of quilts. Kathy Miller is pictured here with the quilts!



Pietrowski – Bettinger

Assistant Store Manager

Karen is the new Assistant Store Manager at Treasures II. She currently lives in Boyceville with her husband Jim.   Prior to joining Adoray, Karen worked at a hair and nail salon, and was the store manager at Dressbarn in Eau Claire. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and fur-grandchildren. She still does hair and has a passion for helping people look good and feel good.

Welcome to the team Karen!



Treasures Store Employee

Lauren is a new member of the Treasures II team. Lauren is from Baldwin and recently graduated from UW Steven Point where she was awarded the Biology student of the year award. She is helping us out until she finds her next position in her desired field. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, painting, and reading. If you ever need a plant identified – be sure to ask Lauren as she has “Plant ID Skills.”  Lauren’s words of advice are “Each day you make an impact on the environment and the world around you, and it’s up to you to decide what kind of impact that will be."

 Welcome to the team Lauren!


The Christmas Store at Adoray’s Treasures from the Heart – Baldwin 2 that we all love and look forward to is back this year in a FUN NEW way that celebrates and supports the entire Community!

This year’s windows will feature Adoray’s Love Lights Fundraising Trees. Love Lights make memorable holiday gifts and offer a unique way to honor family, friends, or beloved pets while giving back to the community. As each gift is made to the Adoray Love Lights Fundraiser, an ornament is added to the Love Lights Trees in the windows at Adoray’s Treasures from the Heart – Baldwin 2 store.

An official Love Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the Adoray’s Treasures from the Heart - Baldwin 2 store on Saturday, December 5th at 5pm. All Donor will receive an invite to the event. This event will also be streamed LIVE on Facebook and have a virtual viewing option via zoom. More details about this event will be announced as we get closer to the date.

The list of Love Lights gifts will be named in the Baldwin Bulletin after the Lighting Ceremony on December 5th.

Purchase your Love Lights online today at www.adoray.org/events/72/love-lights (Please click button below for this link). Mail-in forms are available to download online or can be picked-up at all Adoray’s Treasures from the Heart Stores (Baldwin, River Falls & Osceola) and the Adoray Home Health & Hospice office.

All donations benefit hospice patients and families being served by Adoray Home Health and Hospice and are fully tax-deductible.

Be sure to head over to Baldwin 2 and check out the Love Lights window display!


Dear Volunteers,

We are still in search for a forever home for Marge. 


Reminder on New Store Hours and Donations:
OPEN: Wed. - Fri. 10:00am - 6:00pm & Saturdays 10:00am - 3:00pm
FOR DONATIONS: Please call the store you plan to donate to schedule a drop-off time

💥NEW SPECIAL at all our Adoray's Treasures from the Heart stores.💥
Why limit happy to one hour? From 4-6pm it's always Happy Hour at Adoray's Treasures from the Heart! Get Double Punches with every purchase of $20 or more Wed. - Fri.

💜 Adoray's Treasures from the Heart - Osceola
💜 Adoray's Treasures from the Heart - River Falls
💜 Adoray's Treasures from the Heart - Baldwin


A message from Joleen...

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

November is here.  Even during this most challenging time the stores are buzzing with holiday activity as we stock the shelves with Thanksgiving items and Christmas décor.  We have had to adjust the way we actively participate with our volunteers making sure we keep safe distance and masking up.  “Wash your hands” has become the mantra of the day.  Despite all that is different, there is much that is the same.  The volunteer spirit, your willingness to step up and help, your smiles and all your hard work does not go unnoticed.

A day does not go by when I do not hear how wonderful the stores look or how beautiful the displays are.  Folks stop me on the street to share their shopping experiences. They flood Facebook with likes and comments.  Each of you adds a special piece to the Treasures’ puzzle.  By sharing your time and talent you add to the Treasures’ shopping experience.  Together as a team we have created stores unlike any others.

November is the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives. I’m thankful for a lot of things, but I’m most thankful for each of you.



Thank you Mary Jacobson, and her husband Greg, for their wonderful work on the beautiful window display at Baldwin 2!


On Tuesday, Oct 27 these Osceola Elves dug into all things Christmas and enjoyed a lovely potluck and time of fellowship. Our store is ready for the Holidays!


Friday, Oct 30 we were entertained by nearly 150 little trick or treaters here in downtown Osceola! Our volunteers Linda, Connie & Jim donated and handed out treats to the littles.

Here are some pictures!


 Adoray Activity Corner 

Hoping you had some relaxation with the mandala coloring for October.  There are no submissions of color pages, so let’s pick up again with a Crossword Activity!  Please submit your answers to Brenda at b.bader@adorayhomecare.org, and a prize winner will be chosen.  Join the fun and test your word skills at the same time!


We are still accepting and in need of homemade masks 
For anyone in need of materials please reach out to Joleen Larson at j.larson@adorayhomecare.org or by calling her directly at 612-987-6721 to coordinate a fabric pick-up. 

Virtual Suggestion Box

Do you have ideas on how to make Adoray a better place to work and care for patients? Submit your ideas using the virtual suggestion box. This box will be monitored daily and will be forwarded to the appropriate manager for action.

Adoray Home Health & Hospice
990 Main Street, Suite 1 | Baldwin, Wisconsin  54002
715-629-1888 | a.bettinger@adorayhomecare.org

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