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Volunteers far outnumber paid staff at Hospice: These people go the extra mile to help out

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It takes a special kind of person to sit with somebody who is dying, look them in the eyes and help them face the end.

But locally, people like that are rarely in short supply.

According to Hospice of the Red River Valley Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Baker, the number of people stepping up to the plate as a volunteer is nearly double what they even have for employees — 45 volunteers to the 25 employees.

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