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David Nakashima Honored as the January Recipient of Fairhaven's Oliver Halsell Care Award for Selfless Work with OC Hospice

Cynthia Adair - Thursday, January 30, 2014

David Nakashima, OC Hospice volunteer, is our January recipient of Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Award.

When David finally found the time to pursue his desire to volunteer with hospice patients, he discovered a surprisingly fulfilling new outreach. His presence at OC Hospice in Tustin has brought a great deal of comfort not only to the patients and their families but also to David himself.

“Hospice caregivers are oftentimes overwhelmed and in desperate need of help with providing care and instilling positivity and peace in those struggling,” said Marla Noel, president of Fairhaven. “David’s dedication to OC Hospice’s patients and their families during such harrowing times is a blessing.”

As a volunteer at OC Hospice, David visits patients during his free time. Occasionally he sits with them, talking and listening, reading aloud, assisting with needs, playing games, reading bible verses—anything to make their lives more enjoyable. David goes above and beyond what is expected from a volunteer, including engaging with patients who do not have an assigned volunteer and following up with support to family members after a loved one has passed. In addition, he accepted the role of project manager for the 2013 Adopt A Senior Holiday Angel program.

“I simply want the people who I encounter to know that someone cares about them,” said David. “I want their families to know that there is someone else out there who is willing to help watch over their loved ones. I cannot help every ailing patient, but I know that I can help some of them.”

David also works full-time at The Walt Disney Company in Anaheim, where he is involved with the corporate VoluntEAR program. Through this program, he has participated in various local charity events such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Light The Night Walk. In addition to his passion for spending time with patients and families, David enjoys traveling and following college sports.

“It motivates me each morning to know that I may make a difference in someone’s life or make them smile and laugh,” David expressed. “I am very appreciative to have been given an award for something that I love to do.”

David will be honored at Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Awards banquet in November. The banquet honors a year’s worth of achievements among the local caregiving community.

For more information and to nominate a deserving candidate, click here or send us an email.

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