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Even when you're dying, there can be a lot of living to do. Hospice volunteers make more special moments possible for the patients and families they serve every day. Nowhere will you find more compassionate people than the volunteers who serve in hospice. Our community is truly a better place because of their service.

April 7 – 13 is National Volunteer Week and every single volunteer deserves our appreciation and grateful acknowledgement. I am an employee at Heart ‘n Home Hospice and I salute all those who give of their time and talents – particularly to people at the end of life’s journey.

In 2018, our volunteers gave over 8,300 hours and drove nearly 60,000 miles for patients and their families. Hospice Volunteers are an integral part of the care team. Whether serving at the bedside, in the office, educating others, or raising awareness, they are the heart of hospice.

I’ve witnessed countless acts of compassion by our volunteers, one in particular with my own family member that was on hospice. Grandpa was a Veteran and had a Veteran volunteer present a certificate of service recognition to him. Watching an act such as this Veteran-to-Veteran resulted in a beautiful thing – there was not a dry eye in the room.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to our incredible volunteers!

Kandice Dickinson, Fruitland

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