Realty company goes green at Community Hospice House

MERRIMACK – A swarm of red shirts stood out in the bright spring sun on May 12, when Keller Williams, a worldwide real estate company, hosted its annual RED Day.

For RED Day – Renew, Energize and Donate – the entire Keller Williams Realty Nashua-Salem takes the day off to serve worthy organizations and causes. This year, staff members offered their services and their green thumbs in the gardens outside the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Volunteers decked out in red worked alongside some of the regular garden volunteers getting their hands dirty by mulching, trimming, digging and painting.

Upon seeing the Keller Williams volunteers hard at work, Sandy Rodgers, a board member and past volunteer of the Community Hospice House, was overwhelmed with emotion.

"I got tears in my eyes knowing what a huge job this was and how much the patients and their families appreciate it," she said. "I headed up the garden crew of volunteers for many years and know what devotion is needed to complete such a large job. They even painted our storage shed and all the benches."

The Community Hospice House, owned and operated by Home Health & Hospice Care, is a 10-bed facility that offers a peaceful environment for patients at the end of life.

Part of the peace and serenity for patients and families comes from the beautiful gardens that surround the house. In recognition of what the hospice house does for others in the community, choosing the garden project for RED Day came naturally.

"What an honor and privilege to work for your organization. Thank you all for the work you do each and every day to help others transition with dignity, respect and love," MaryBeth Gustitus, CEO and team leader for Keller Williams Realty Nashua-Salem, posted on Home Health & Hospice Care’s Facebook page.