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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in Our Midst (Destiny Close)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - Destiny finished high school early so she decided to take some time off before going to college.

She isn't spending that time the way many young people probably would.
You'll find her volunteering in a special place, doing the work of the Angels in our Midst.

Dee Close, Teen Covenant Hospice Volunteer
"The aspect of death and dying has always been present in my homelife so it made sense for me to get involved with an organization like Covenant Hospice."

"She's very young."

She's only 16 but for 35 hours every week, you'll find Destiny Close caring for the elderly and terminally ill. Her friends call her Dee.

Linda Stephenson, Rosewood Manor resident
"She helps everybody that's around her and to me that's very, very special."

"My role is then is to help the family; assist them, make sure all of their needs are being met.
for the patients like Linda Stephenson ..."

"I don't have any family at all. I'm it."

Dee won't let that be "it". She stands in and becomes family.

"Oh, God. That's the most important part of it all."

Barbara Street, Social Worker
"She'll sit and do things that are important to those folks to be able to continue to have the quality of life that they remember."

And she sits with her patients at the end; in their 11th hour.

"Reading the Bible to them .... Or, in the non-religious, just holding their hand, being there. just so they know they're not alone through the trying process of passing."

Dee gives her all to fulfill the Covenant Hospice Creed .

"She always brings a smile to all of our faces. If she stays here all the time, that would make it better. How about that kid?"

Adding life to days when days can no longer be added to life.

"I hope so."

Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.Angels in Our Midst (Destiny Close)

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