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Shelby Middle football team writes letters to veterans in Hospice
Star - 2/13/2021
Feb. 13—After hearing from a local Hospice employee, members of the Shelby Middle School football team took time to write letters to veterans currently in Hospice care.
Krista Haynes, Hospice Cleveland County patient/family volunteer coordinator, recently spoke to the young men Hospice volunteer opportunities including the organization's We Honor Veterans Program.
The team wrote letters to Hospice patients who served in the military to thank them for their service. Attached to each letter was a star from a retired American flag. These letters were then handed out to patients via Hospice staff members.
The letter writing campaign was part of head coach Justin Bowden's effort to have thoughtful, well-rounded players on the team.
"In our program, we are well aware of what's going on in our country's social and political climate, and we talk about how it affects not only our family, but our community," said Bowden. "I want my players to be leaders and role models both on and off the field. Hospice gave us this great opportunity to grow as a program."
As a We Honor Veterans partner, Hospice Cleveland County educates staff and the community about caring for veterans facing serious illness. Those patients are also introduced to a veteran-to-veteran volunteer program that pairs veteran volunteers with Hospice patients who are veterans.
Hospice also coordinates care with the Department of Veteran Affairs and other health care organizations.
By recognizing the unique needs of our nation's veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Hospice Cleveland County is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending, program organizers said.
In cases where there might be some specific needs related to the veteran's military service, combat experience, or other traumatic events, Hospice Cleveland County will find tools to help support those in their care.
Want to know more?
To find out more about volunteering, call 704-487-4677, or go to hospicecares.cc
Hospice Cleveland County serves individuals in homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, Wendover Hospice House in Shelby and Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain.
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