LANSING, Mich. — One Labor and Delivery nurse at McLaren Greater Lansing found an incredible way to give back to this month in honor of National Nurses Week. Tamilikia Foster reached out to Operation Gratitude and other organizations which sent $22,000 in donations that Foster and other nurses in Labor and Delivery assembled into care kits that are being distributed to nurses and support staff within the hospital.
“When the first coronavirus patients were getting diagnosed in hospitals across the country, we received our first positive patient here in Labor and Delivery,” said Foster. “I saw the fear on my coworkers’ faces. In that moment I knew that I needed to do something to make my coworkers smile and let them know it was going to be okay.”
Foster then wrote a letter to Operation Gratitude, and many other organizations, who were happy to help Foster’s cause. Operation Gratitude and others responded with over $22,000 of donations for care packages that Foster and other nurses assembled and delivered to support staff like laboratory, environmental services, respiratory, and nursing assistants.
“I wanted to help my hospital, my fellow nurses, the doctors, and laboratory, and nursing assistants. I want them to know that nurses care about what they are doing,” said Foster. “We are all in this fight together, and if we don’t feel like a team, we will fall apart.”
Thanks to Foster’s drive and the many organizations that donated, including Operation Gratitude, the care kits are being distributed to more than 800 staff members at McLaren Grater Lansing. “I just want to shine a light on our hospital because we are doing good things here,” said Foster.
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