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The recent loss of a family member gave me first-hand experience dealing with hospice. The social worker and the nurse I had contact with were both compassionate and professional. Although I was out of our area, I feel confident that the staff of Hospice of South Texas have the same traits.

TO DO LIST: Lots of non-profit related activities in the coming days. Some of the highlights include Saturday's Habitat for Humanity Sweat Equity Challenge at Riverside Park, and the Animal Fair, including Blessing of the Animals at St. Francis Episcopal Church. Non-profits involved include Adopt-A-Pet, Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption Center, Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS), and the Victoria Zoo. Another note, if you are a golfer the deadline to enter the Formosa United Way charity golf tournament is Wednesday.

HELPING HANDS SERIES: The line is forming to be included in our Saturday Helping Hands series. Is your organization in that line? If not, get in touch with me.