At Hospice of the Red River Valley, we’re fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers. We celebrate their contributions to the organization and the ways they enrich our patients’ lives.
Volunteer: Mary Kay Willits
Years of Service: 5 years, 2 months
Location: West Fargo, N.D.
Why do you volunteer with Hospice of the Red River Valley?
I volunteer with Hospice because it is such a wonderful organization, and I’m honored to be a part of it. Every patient that I’ve met through my years of volunteering has been a beautiful person. If I hadn’t started volunteering with Hospice, I would have never met those individuals. They wouldn’t have come into my life. I feel incredibly appreciated by the patients, and I believe that sometimes I get more than I give.
What’s the favorite volunteer memory?
I had a first visit with a patient where we connected well and had a pleasant conversation. The patient said she didn’t think she would be alive for another visit, but we were together for a year. She said that each visit made her feel better and better. She loved to blow kisses to me. I knew that at one point in her life she had liked to crochet, so instead of making a shawl at home by myself, I let her hold the yarn while I made it. I gave the shawl to the patient, and she said that it was the most wonderful gift she had received.
Do you have a motto or philosophy you live by? What is it and why?
I live with an attitude of gratitude. It’s hard to find joy in your heart if you don’t.