91-year-old volunteer honored

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

DENISON, TX-- "I didn't know this was going to be all about me"
Betty Holland was born in 1920 in London, England.

She and her family moved to the U.S. in 1960. She started volunteering locally in 1988.

"It gives me great pleasure in giving. People have been so kind to us since we've been to this country. We came with three boys and with nothing and got helped along the way."

Texoma Health Foundation and Reba's Ranch House celebrated National Voluteer week by creating the "Annual Betty Holland Service Award."

Since the house opened 20 years ago, the 91-year-old has volunteered every week.

"She's an inspiration, should be for all of us, to come and serve our community and one capacity or another. We can't all do it in the same way, but we can all do it with the same diligence that she has," said, Jared Johnson, Texoma Health Foundation Board Member.

Holland is most known for her knitted baby booties, she gives them as gifts to guests staying at the Ranch House. She realized something was up when the staff started talking about knitting.

"Then I realized it had to be me because I think I am the only one that knits hats and booties, who gives them away, especially at the Ranch House. I don't know anyone else that knit's hats and booties for babies."

Reba's Ranch house serves families visiting loved ones in Texoma hospitals, by providing a home-away-from-home. Betty hopes to keep volunteering there as long as she can.

"I still enjoy coming out here and feel like I've helped someone along the way."

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