More than a dozen Hope Hospice volunteers – and their dogs – spread cheer to Hope’s patients, family and staff during a festive Pet Parade around the grounds of Hope’s Fort Myers Care Center.
Hope President and CEO Samira Beckwith thanked the volunteers for what they do every day at Hope, and explained why events like this are especially important for those in Hope’s care.
“People in our care and their families really need the opportunity to smile and to laugh,” said Beckwith. “Watching the parade of dedicated Hope volunteers with their uplifting signs and adorable pets provided some much-needed joy.”
Lehigh resident Geri English, who has volunteered with Hope for nearly four years, said she takes her rescue pug Lilly with her on visits to Hope’s Lehigh Care Center and on weekend home visits. A Navy veteran, she also helps with Hope’s VALOR program.
“Hope volunteers can use their strengths to help out in different ways. It’s a great way to do something special for others,” said English.