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Donation drive held for Brian's House hospice center

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An emotional day for everyone at Brian's House in Essexville.

By summer this new facility will serve those in need of end of life care. All in a place that makes you feel right at home. 

"People in the community want this kind of care, so we decided we are going to do whatever we can to make it happen again," said Donna Dewyse.

A community shower was held at Brian's house to get ready for its grand opening. All kinds of items were donated. Including items like pillows, blankets, and tissues.  

Donna Dewyse is the Director of the hospice center. She said Brian's House had to close down five years ago because of financial restraints.

She told TV5 things have turned around since then.

"We are going to have caregivers and volunteers that will take care of the residents and then the hospice nurses and their staff will come in also," said Dewyse.

Organizers say Brian's House can accommodate six people and all walks of faith are welcome.

Brian's House was founded by the parents of Brian Straub, a native actor from Bay City, who died in 1991 of an AIDS-related illness.

Dewayse said his last wish was to make sure that other terminally ill people don't die alone. 

"If they need something we are there for them," said Dewyse.

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