Melissa Fiorilli, front, co-owner of Fiorilli Construction, and her executive assistant, Katie Cool, decorate a pine tree outside of HMC Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Road, on Wednesday.
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GRANGER TWP. — HMC Hospice of Medina County is decked for the holidays thanks to a local company and its employees.
Ten employees of Fiorilli Construction, based in the township, spent Wednesday afternoon wrapping about 1,200 lights and placing 500 shatter-proof ornaments on five pine trees along Hospice’s tree line facing state Route 18. A “Happy Holidays” sign will complete the decorations.
“This is a good way for us to kick off the end of the year for us and with Hospice,” said Katie Cool, Fiorilli’s executive assistant. “This will make patients here happy and bring their families joy. Doing something good for someone else, that’s what Christmas is all about.”
Melissa Fiorilli, co-owner of Fiorilli Construction, said she and her husband, Cameron, moved the company from Cleveland in November 2014 and, once they got settled, they wanted to give back to the community by partnering with a local organization.
“Volunteerism is a big part of our lives,” Fiorilli said. “When Cameron’s mom got sick, we spent a lot of time with Hospice at her home and at the facility. We wanted to adopt and partner with another organization in the community and it became obvious that Hospice was the one.”
Fiorilli’s mother-in-law died last year.
“The staff here is awesome,” Fiorilli added. “Many of our employees have had family members here and have been impacted by Hospice.”
Dominic Strada, the company’s support desk associate, is one employee who has had family members at a Hospice facility.
“It’s nice for us to help out,” Strada said.
“We’re so grateful for them to come out and bring joy to those passing on the road and the patients and their families at Hospice,” said Michele Seyranian, HMC Hospice’s chief marketing and business development officer. “We have made a commitment to the Medina community and this is a way to show and share that with the community. It’s going to be beautiful when it’s done.”
Laurie Henrichsen, public relations manager, added: “It means a lot to families visiting, too, especially during a difficult time. It shows that people are thinking about them.”
Fiorilli Construction employees went shopping at several stores Tuesday, including Target, Home Goods, Old Time Pottery and Home Depot, searching for blue lights, and blue and silver ornaments.
“If we found anything blue, we cleaned them out,” Cool said with a laugh.
Cool said they went with a blue theme because both companies’ colors are blue and white.
“We just meshed the two together,” she said.
This holiday season, Fiorilli employees also are selling Comfort Buddies that can be donated back to Hospice patients. Each buddy, which might look like a stuffed animal, is infused with a calming lavender scent and can be heated in a microwave for therapeutic use.
In September, the company raised $10,100 at its inaugural golf outing for Hospice.
“We are looking for the right things to do through different events as (Hospice) continues to grow,” Fiorilli said.
Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.