By Tommy Mann Jr. – For The Record

A yearly event held every holiday season celebrates the memories of loved ones and assists those in need throughout the year.

Southeast Texas Hospice will hold its annual Toilet Paper Tea fundraiser from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, not its usual Thursday as in previous years, at its office, which is located upstairs at 912 W. Cherry Ave. in Orange.

This annual event, which was created several years ago, allows the organization to continue its mission to assist those who are terminally ill, and their families, throughout Orange County and Southeast Texas.

“We do this event each year because these donations allow us (Southeast Texas Hospice) to better help the patients,” said Mary McKenna, director of Southeast Texas Hospice. “Instead of using money to buy office or cleaning supplies, we can use all funds for the patients needs.”

The event is held each year to assist the organization with the gathering of supplies which are used to help its clients through difficult times, while allowing the organization to extend its budget over the course of the year to better assist terminally ill patients.

Guests who attend the Toilet Paper Tea are asked to bring donations of office or cleaning supplies, such as black pens, scratch pads, index cards, paper clips, white out, glue sticks, staples and other materials. Supplies such as toilet paper, paper towels, light bulbs, toilet bowl cleaner, dishwasher soap, coffee, liquid hand soap and other useful items.

“We have been able to save thousands of dollars over the years, and it’s all because of the support we have received from the community,” McKenna added. “It’s just such a blessing.”

Southeast Texas Hospice’s memorial Dove Tree will be on display again this year. The tree has special meaning for guests and staff as each dove placed on the tree has the name of a person they wish to remember, whether it is a loved one who is battling illness or one who has since passed. Doves can be placed on the tree for a donation of $10 or more.

For more information on this event or about the organization, call Southeast Texas Hospice at 409-886-0622.