Hometown Hero: Pauline Barbian

Pauline Barbian loves children. Every Monday that she's in town, she gets to help kids and their parents as a Patient Pal at Children's Medical Center Dallas.

Patient Pals spend one hour with a patient to give their parents a needed break -- to make a phone call, get fresh air or grab lunch. Depending on the age of the child, Patient Pals play, talk or help kids go to sleep. It's rewarding because these volunteers help three people at one time: the patient, the parent and the nurse.

Pauline has been a Patient Pal for 20 years and she's donated more than 3,000 hours of service. If you'd like more information about volunteering at Children's Medical Center Dallas log on to www.childrens.com/get-involved/volunteer