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Ascension Via Christi nurse donates meals from her restaurant to frontline caregivers
Heather Hall knows just how busy nurses can get during a shift. That knowledge, and a desire to help, is what led Hall and her husband, Larry, owners of Big Larry's Burgers in Valley Center, to donate lunch to associates serving in Ascension Via Christi's COVID-19 units.
"I didn't want anyone to go hungry," says Hall, a registered nurse who for 18 years has served in the float pool for Ascension Via Christi's Wichita hospitals. "I wanted to help those who didn't have time to wait for a lunch order."
So the Halls launched a fundraiser on Facebook to help feed her fellow caregivers. "We asked people to donate just $3 if they could," says Hall. "But community members came out of the woodwork to help us raise nearly $1,600 for lunches."
Each meal includes a half-pound double cheeseburger, chips and a cookie.
Though the couple's most recent meal donation went to the COVID-19 units, they've used the funds they raised to provide donated meals to caregivers for almost two weeks. "We just hoped to spread some smiles during this time to let people know we're still here for them."
The day after their donation to the COVID-19 units, the Halls' family grew by one with the birth of their grandson at the NewLife Center at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph.
"I love, love, love babies, so I'm excited to have a grandbaby," says Hall, who because of COVID-19 visitor restrictions couldn't visit, so she waved at mom, dad and baby from the hospital parking lot. "Working in St. Joseph's NICU was my favorite float experience so far."