HIGH POINT, N.C. (WFMY) – Dawn Wilson has been a dedicated Hospice aide at Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro for over 10 years.
When she’s not working at hospice, she dedicates her time and talents to giving back to some very special patients: veterans.
Wilson crochets blankets with patriotic colors and patterns for veteran patients to bring them comfort and recognition during a difficult time, at the end of life.
She's been crocheting for over 20 years, and when she stumbled upon old yarn and other crochet materials in her attic, she thought she'd put them to good use instead of selling them in a yard-sale.
This year, Wilson's blankets have gone to 17 different veteran patients.
"When I brought the first batch of blankets they were very thankful, and they were like ‘Oh my gosh! You did this for us?’ and I said ‘Yes!’" the aide said. "For them, for what they’ve done."
One of those veterans is Robert “LT” Throneburg, who is at the Brookdlae High Point North facility.
“LT” is received his very own blanket accompanied by hospice volunteer, and veteran, Lee Richmond, who is member of the veteran-to-volunteer program.
"It’s just a small gesture," Wilson said during an interview.
According to HPCG, one in four dying Americans is a Veteran.
The organization participates in the national “We Honor Veterans” hospice partnership to recognize and care for veteran patients.
Through the initiative, HPGC learns about the unique needs of veteran patients and their families and provides resources to both staff and families related to veteran affairs.