The Southeast Texas Hospice will host their annual Toilet Paper Tea from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 13 located at 912 W. Cherry.

People attending are asked to contribute items such as toilet paper, cleaning and office supplies or make a monetary donation to help support the hospice so that other funds collected can be used to benefit the clients served. In addition, for a donation of $10 a person can purchase a dove with their loved ones name on it for the dove tree.

“Anyone can purchase a dove with their loved one’s name on it, they don’t have to be a patient,” said Renee Droddy, of the Southeast Texas Hospice. “Some people come annually to participate and have their loved ones dove placed on the tree.”

Hospice is for patients who have a terminal illness with a life expectancy of one year or less as certified by their physician and are referred by a friend, family member, social service agency, clergy or by their own choice. The service area is for residents living in the “Golden Triangle” region of southeast Texas.

Hospice provides services to patients and families who desire hospice care in their home and who have enough support to be safely maintained in their residence. Hospice also provides care to dying individuals in nursing homes and assisted living centers.

Sometimes, because of financial difficulties such as joblessness, lack of insurance, high medicine costs, and a host of other reasons, a family finds the cost of a terminal illness overwhelming. Hospice provides services for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay through assistance provided by private donations and memorials.

The Southeast Texas Hospice began in 1976 when four dedicated founding members set to work to make the dream of providing service to the dying in Southeast Texas a reality. By 1979, sixteen patients had been served. Since its humble beginnings, the Southeast Texas Hospice has grown to include a governing board of twelve area civic leaders, sixteen staff, and over sixty-five volunteers who serve over two hundred patient families per year.

For more information, the number to call is 409-886-0622.