COOKE COUNTY, Tex. -- Home Hospice branched out to Cooke County back in 1988. Now, twenty years later, the organization keeps getting bigger and stronger with the help of volunteers.
On Saturday, the volunteers along with county leaders joined to remember the years of service. But more importantly, to honor the patients and families they've served.
Tucked away within the city of Gainesville, you'll find a walking trail spanning close to a mile in length. Along that trail, trees reaching 50 feet apart, honoring both the city and Cooke County’s greatest heroes. "Gainesville has so many home grown heroes anyway and its just nice to have individuals and their families that want to be a part of it and they want to put a tree here in their honor."
Included on the path is a tree dedicated to William Wright “Bill” Stevens Jr. (the first soldier from Cooke county to die in WWII.) Just 100 feet away, is a tree planted for the group whose symbol is the same, Home Hospice. “It a great program and we were thrilled to be able to acknowledge them and note their service to the families and the patients that have been here.”
For the last 20 years, home hospice has served Cooke County and it’s residents. Sherry Little is the Executive Director of Home Hospice in Grayson County. She says its the way volunteers with the county have reacted to the patients, that really sets this group apart. ‘The amount of support that this community provides to this organization. They have helped our various volunteer coordinators develop and grow many volunteer programs."
In addition to the tree dedication was the release of 20 balloons, each of which represents the years of service. But it’s the tree that means the most because it is the symbol that motivates all volunteers to keep giving back. “To me its something that is living and growing. Our symbol for our hospice is a tree that says a way less lonely well the living tree is a reminder that there is life and that life continues and that we need to continue to grow."