All of us have watched with awe and humility as our healthcare workers resolutely walk into the fight with COVID-19 every day, putting their lives at risk to save ours. “Thank you” seems so small in such circumstances – yet we yearn to express it to these heroes. PRUMC member Becky Matherne decided to just do it, and as usual, more PRUMC volunteers jumped in to help. A note-writing brigade (focused on respecting careful quarantine practices!) got underway.
Working first with one hospital for project manageability, Becky reached out to Piedmont to get workers’ names so that writers could personally address their notes. Lynn Banks and Dick Dietz volunteered to write and recruit others. Susan Marshall, along with Lynn and Dick, wrote template letters focused on prayer and gratitude that would be sensitive to other faiths among recipients, giving writers a guide for their own approach. Brittany Charron helped on the PRUMC staff side, creating a print-at-home stationery template, and then became a volunteer writer along with her teen-aged daughters. Ultimately, 15 volunteers were involved in creating 215 personally-addressed notes. Becky and Brittany picked up notes from volunteer front porches, and then Becky “quarantined” them, gathered them in her trunk and drove them over to Piedmont, where a healthcare worker met her outside to receive them (with a few tears from both sides as their eyes met across the distance).
The next goal is writing notes to other important hospital support employees often overlooked in this crisis: environmental, food and sanitation workers. Becky also hopes to scale up the project for other hospitals if more volunteers are available. If you’re interested, please reach out to Brittany Charron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRUMC is so grateful to this group for finding a way to show these heroes Atlanta’s appreciation and for saying what’s in so many hearts!