Jackson Co. Friends of Hospice host soup dinner to help those nearing the end

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HOLTON, Kan. (WIBW) - Folks wanting to help out hospice patients and their families got the chance to do so in Holton on Wednesday.

The Jackson County Friends of Hospice hosted a soup dinner and bake sale to raise funds to provide physical, spiritual, emotional, and social support for hospice patients and their families.

"It always means a lot when you know people care, and they are doing it because they care.” Volunteer Judy Strawn said.

The fundraiser aims to help hospice and their families pay for medications, social services, and any other supplies they may need.

Attendees had their choice of chili, chicken noodle, or vegetable soup. They also had a huge array of desserts to choose from and a pie bake sale.

Volunteer Coordinator Esther Ideker pointed out the event is 100 percent put on and funded by volunteers.

"They donate the food, they donate the bake sale,” Ideker explained. “There's very little cost, and then what goes into the free will offering is used then to give back to the community through our patients and our families."

The organization holds a special place for many who have experienced what it’s like to have a family member in hospice.

Stawn explained both her parents and in-laws were served by hospice and the experience created a fondness for the program and people, which helped fuel her passion to volunteer for the past 10 years.

To ensure families like Stawn's cope with the terminal illness and loss they have a 13 month follow up program for loved ones after they experience a death.

"We remember them with a rose, we send out sympathy cards, we send out a thinking of you card a month later, a bereavement packet, and we offer a support group,” Ideker said. “We also call them, and we assess if they're needing more help with their grief, and the support group is very helpful to many.”

While most of their funds are raised at events like these you can donate anytime by mail to the Jackson County Friends of Hospice at 129 W 4th in Holton, KS 66436