South Carolina Moms Help Raise $10,000 to Feed Medical University of South Carolina Hospital Workers
In these exceedingly trying times, so many are doing what they can to help those on the front lines.
As the coronavirus crisis grows, it's easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed. Even if you want to help the men and women at hospitals putting their lives at risk to keep us healthy, it can be daunting to know where or how to start.
For one group of South Carolina moms, it started with some simple text messages among friends. Now, they've raised over $10,000 to provide hospital workers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston with restaurant meals from local Charleston-area restaurants. As Good Morning America originally reported, a text message chain first started by Whitney Klomparens, Suzi Pigg, and Leigh Ann Garrett led to enough donations to buy these incredible health care workers some 600 meals to help them get through their trying days.
The idea to help was first sparked when Klomparens was texting with Pigg, whose father is a doctor at MUSC. They reached out to Garrett, and were able to connect with the head of the hospital's emergency department, who confirmed they would happily receive any help. They decided to help get meals to these professionals, and the group of friends shared the urgency of these hospital workers' needs through Facebook and their various mom groups.
Less than a week later, and they've already made a tangible difference for this hospital and the local restaurant community: "We’re feeding everyone from nurses and doctors to the security guard at the front entrance, everyone who is playing a role in keeping these hospitals open," Klomparens relayed to Good Morning America. "And we're supporting local businesses who need our help." Watch the full video clip below.
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Pigg's dad, Dr. Thomas Rogers Kyle, told Good Morning America just how meaningful these kind gestures have been to the hospital staff. "We live in sort of an insular world and having the community be that aware of what we’re doing, it’s unusual, but these are unusual times," he said. "It's very heartwarming for us."
A reminder to us all that we can spread kindness in our own communities to help hospital workers—sometimes all it takes is a few moms and a text message.