A local hospice group spent the day filling the stomachs and hearts of their patients ahead of Thanksgiving.

"This may be their last holiday so we want to help them out," Kara Avent, a social worker with Hearth Hospice said.

Staff with Hearth Hospice spent Wednesday delivering Thanksgiving meals to patients and their families in Cleveland and Chattanooga.


Margie French and her sister were on the list of about 50 stops.

"They will send somebody at 3:00 in the morning if I need just reassurance," Margie said.

Because sometimes a genuine heart is the best medicine.

"Not being able to join our family in Nashville anymore because you can't travel and she fills in with a meal like this so that it's comforting that we have something and know that people care about us," Margie added.

"It takes a strong person but it also takes a big heart and I think every single person here has that kind of heart," Avent said.

Relieving the stress that sometimes come with the holidays so they can focus on what really matters.

"I have a lot to be thankful for. And my cat loves me unconditionally," Margie said.

Hearth Hospice staff also deliver home-cooked meals on Christmas to patients.

To learn more about Hearth Hospice, click HERE.