SAN DIEGO - Volunteering is a kindness that many people in the nation participate in. A volunteer takes time from their day to help and show kindness to someone or something.

John Martinez, the volunteer coordinator for River City Hospice, was present at the San Diego Rotary Club Tuesday. He talked about how patients in the hospice care need volunteers.

Hospice care is a type of care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs.

Patients who are under hospice care are gravely ill and are near the end of their life. No one really thinks they can make a difference in someone's life that far gone.

Martinez gave examples on how with one hour a week a volunteer can make a big difference in making someone at that stage of life comfortable.

Volunteers can read to a patient, watch television or just talk with them. Martinez told the Rotarians that typically when a patient goes into hospice care the outside world gets shut off. Volunteers bring la bit of life back into the patient's world.

Volunteers are always needed. For more information contact Martinez at 361-664-4888.