ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – 20 feet of branches, lights and love going up at the Abilene mall Sunday evening but, there won’t be presents under this tree. In fact, it’s what will go on it that will make the real difference.
“Patients at the end of life struggle so much and if we can just make a little difference in their lives and raising some funds for them, what better can you do?,” said Hendrick Hospice Care Director Karen Tucek.
Each of the light bulbs on the tree representing a $15 donation to Hendrick Hospice so they can continue providing care to patients who need it the most, something Gaynor Dorsey knows all too well.
“They were good to my husband and my family,” said Dorsey.
Dorsey lost her husband nearly seven years ago, spending time at Hendrick Hospice before he passed. Now Dorsey volunteers at the center as a way of giving back to the people who have become her second family.
“A lot of people that helped us, we’ve become friends and they’re just giving people. They gave to us and I figured I needed to give back,” said Dorsey.
Dorsey was joined by dozens of other volunteers to help set up the tree. It’s a group effort that Tucek says means the world to her.
“It represents love and support and care and it’s just a privilege and an honor to work with each and every one of them,” said Tucek.
Volunteers will be at the Abilene mall starting Monday. Those who wish to donate can stop by the tree by Dillards.