When the families of the Fort Hood victims poured into hospital waiting rooms and hallways on Nov. 5, the Scott & White volunteers sprang into action to make sure they were being taken care of while their loved ones recovered.
“After hearing about the tragedy, I said there’s got to be something I can do,” said Scott & White volunteer, Dean Youngblood. “I thought about the families, the doctors and the nurses that had been there for two days and decided they needed some food.
The retired Temple resident picked up the phone and called around to several area businesses like HEB, Sam’s and Chick-fil-a, who were more than happy to offer their services.
“We picked up food a couple of times that week and brought it up here,” Mr. Youngblood said. “It was overwhelming how the community stepped up.”
Mr. Youngblood is no stranger to the hospital experience. He was treated for several months at Scott & White for brain aneurisms.
“After my surgery I was having a rough time,” he said. “I knew it was time to give back and I knew that the hospital was where I’d like to be.”
The former Scott & White patient said it has helped him tremendously to be a volunteer and make a difference in the lives of others.
Hazel Goss, another Scott & White volunteer began giving her time at the hospital after her own medical woes as well.
“I had to have hip surgery. I was totally overwhelmed with the process and the staff just made everything easier,” Ms. Goss said. “As soon as I was finished with my surgery, I signed up to be a volunteer.”
When the Fort Hood families began piling into the ICU waiting rooms where Goss usually spends her volunteer hours, she knew she had to do something more to help.
“I brought in urns of coffee, made sure they were eating and brought them books and magazines,” she said. “When you’re in that situation, you don’t have time to think about the basic necessities.”
Goss’ own children were once stationed at Fort Hood and she knew that she would have wanted someone to take care of them if they were in distress.
“It was my honor and privilege to serve them,” she said. “We became a family for an extended period of time. They were so appreciative of anything we could do for them.”
The retired woman hopes to keep up her close friendships with the families and continue to encourage others who cross her path as she volunteers at the hospital.
“I’ve been given the opportunity to help someone else,” Ms. Goss said. “And I feel like I’ve made a contribution.”
See our previous post about how the community responded to the Fort Hood tragedy.