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WSU Nursing, area churches, restaurants support Ascension Via Christi caregivers

Wichita State University Nursing recently delivered a van full of snacks and water bottles for the nursing units at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis.

"They joined us at shift change to help deliver them so they could see some of their graduates," says Kris Hill, vice president of Nursing at St. Francis, who was accompanied by WSU Nursing program director Brandy Jackson and instructor Candace Grant. 

"They brought so many snacks that it took three carts and two trips," says Hill, adding her appreciation for the WSU Nursing program's generosity and ongoing partnership.

Ascension Via Christi St. Francis MICU nurses with their former Undergraduate Nursing instructors from Wichita State University, Candace Grant and Brandy Jackson. 


Additionally, area churches have been donating snacks and drinks to ensure that those providing care throughout the Wichita hospitals get some TLC.

"It's been wonderful to see so much love and support for those battling on the frontline," says Phil Richardson, who along with Mark Combs, the pastor at Colonial Heights Assembly of God, and David Alexander, president of the Via Christi Foundation, delivered goodies for sharing with the nursing units.

Alexander says that Central Community Church on West Maple has made multiple donations, including 90 meals for ER staff, cookies for other units on the frontline and plans for another delivery of meals this week. "There have been gifts from many others as well, which are being distributed throughout our Wichita hospitals and clinics," he says. 

Mark Combs, the pastor at Colonial Heights Assembly of God with the collected snacks. 

Over the holidays, numerous donations of meals and other items to be distributed to bedside caregivers have been received, including meals donated by Georges French Bistro and 6S Steakhouse. Martha Garcia, who previously donated 70 pizzas in honor of the care provided to her late parents at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph, is planning another gift of food to St. Joseph staff.

6S catering manager Chrysta Gillum and managing partner Seth Glassman drop off boxed lunches.

Andover resident Dana Hensley collected three carloads of snacks from Facebook friends and family for donating to associates working on the COVID-19 units.

"We even had several hundred Coleman lanterns donated with the request that they be given to caregivers in the dedicated COVID-19 units," says Alexander. "The generosity of our community is only rivaled by the commitment and compassion of our caregivers, who all deserve recognition for their above-and-beyond efforts during this past year."

Lindsay Holman, RN, COVID-19 caregiver, with sister Kari Traugott pictured in front of snacks and holding the poster and lantern Coleman donated. 

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.