March 14, 2022
Lois’ Linens was established in 2017 in memory of Lois Vera Cruz. When Lois entered Four Seasons hospice care, Four Seasons arranged for a hospital bed to be delivered to her home. Without twin-sized sheets to cover the bed, the family had to purchase them immediately. Knowing that many households do not have twin-sized beds, and that every patient or family may not have the financial means or ability to get new sheets right away, the Vera Cruz family created Lois’ Linens, a program to provide new twin sheet sets to Four Seasons patients as needed.
In addition to donating new sets of sheets, members of the family- Malinda and Valen Vera Cruz, Kathie and Josef Ludwig, and Sharon and Robert Stepp- established an endowed fund at Four Seasons Foundation to provide ongoing support for Lois’ Linens.
The community has rallied around support for Lois’ Linens. To date, nearly 300 new sets of twin sheets have been donated for patient use and more than $29,000 has been donated to support Lois’ Linens.
The Foundation recently received a wonderful gift designated for Lois’ Linens Endowment Fund from the estate of Ms. Wally Ruck (pictured above right). With Ms. Ruck’s generosity, the Lois’ Linen’s Endowment is now fully funded, ensuring new sheets will be available for hospice patients for years to come.
Wally was born in Ukraine in 1925, moved to Germany after WWII, and to the USA in 1955. She was happily married for almost 50 years and was known as a conscientious and hardworking accountant throughout her professional carrier. She and her husband retired in 1996 to Tryon Estates in Columbus, a year before he passed away. Wally's greatest desire was to tell people that God cares about everyone, and as evidence of that, she tried to find ways to help needy people in the community. Josef Ludwig explains, "It is therefore very fitting that Wally's estate made Four Seasons a beneficiary, in recognition of their service to people who need loving end-of-life care. Wally herself experienced and appreciated your ministry, if only for a couple of days before her passing."
Four Seasons is so grateful for the generosity of donors like Ms. Wally Ruck and for the initiative to support our patients and families from the Vera Cruz family. If you would like to support Lois’ Linens you can donate online (make sure to select “Lois’ Linens”) or drop new twin-sized sheets off at the Foundation Office. Your support has an immediate and meaningful impact on patients and families entering hospice care.