Spectrum health care workers receive food and thanks

Coronavirus

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For so many, COVID-19 has become a private battle waged behind the walls of hospitals.

By the patient, whose breath can be taken away in a heartbeat by the puzzling progression of COVID-19.

To the health care workers who are not only tasked with helping save lives but are often the only calming voice for a frightened patient and the loved ones the virus has kept at a distance.

“They are overwhelmed. They’re determined. They’re compassionate. And they’re courageous,” said Tamara VanderArk-Potter, director of communications and marketing with the Spectrum Health Foundation. “It’s what they live their lives for. But sometimes it gets to be a lot.”

Thursday, as many celebrate with a limited number of family and friends, on duty Spectrum Health workers are getting a small gesture of appreciation.

“There’s comfort in food,” VanderArk-Potter said.

On Thursday afternoon, 230 warm meals were set to arrive.

Courtesy photo of Spectrum health care workers receiving food for the Thanksgiving holiday. (Nov. 26, 2020) 
Courtesy photo of Spectrum health care workers receiving food for the Thanksgiving holiday. (Nov. 26, 2020) 

“And that’s because a community member, Anna Palmer, started a GoFundMe page and raised funds so that her friends and family could come together and provide meals for staff that are here,” VanderArk-Potter said.

And then there were the sweets that began arriving Wednesday — thousands of them by the box load.

“It’s really special to see how our area bakeries are helping us and supporting the workers through all of Spectrum Health,” VanderArk-Potter said.

And the message of support went beyond food.

Drawings by a young fives class were handed out along with the treats.

Courtesy photo of Spectrum health care workers receiving food for the Thanksgiving holiday. (Nov. 26, 2020) 
Courtesy photo of Spectrum health care workers receiving food for the Thanksgiving holiday. (Nov. 26, 2020) 

The message from the kids is something we might all learn from.

That it’s the simple gestures, like offering a smile and a thank you the next time you see a person wearing scrubs, that can make a big difference.

“They give their all. And they give their all 24/7. It doesn’t change during a pandemic. It just means there’s people needing their all,” VanderArk-Potter said.

 Donations can also help provide that extra gesture. People can donate online

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