Beta Alpha Psi members from Wichita State University's Barton's School of Business delivered 150 Chick-Fil-A meals for COVID19 caregivers at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, along with 150 gift cards to give to second-shift associates.
"We do a lot of reach out events during the year, but it's been difficult this year because of COVID-19," says Nathan Haydon, who was among the members of the WSU chapter of the national honor organization for financial information students and professionals who came to show their support for the frontline caregivers. "So we're really grateful to be able to use our funds this way."
Joining them were WSU faculty sponsors Patricia O'Sullivan, who suggested donating the meals, and Mike Flores.
"I had seen a story on national TV about a little girl donating her piggy bank, which totaled $3 and some change, to buy a meal for a hospital nurse and it just inspired me," says O'Sullivan. "I thought, 'We might be able to do that, too."
And so they did, with the same heart, but in a bigger fashion.
Kevin Strecker, chief operating officer for Ascension Via Christi, says that the meals are greatly appreciated by staff.
"But more importantly, it is so heartening for them just knowing that as they continue to comfort patients and save the lives of patients affected by this terrible virus that they have the support of our community," says Strecker.
Phil Richardson, senior development officer with the Via Christi Foundation, says he and the others on his team have been impressed by the widespread generosity and support for caregivers who have been battling the pandemic for nearly a year.
"As weeks have turned into months, community support is an essential tool in helping battle the COVID-19 fatigue that our caregivers are feeling," Richardson says.
Want to contribute to COVID-19 support for caregivers? Contact David Alexander, Via Christi Foundation president, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 316-281-5157.
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