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MEDFORD, Ore. — With healthcare workers at southern Oregon hospitals working overtime in response to the ongoing surge in COVID-19 patients, some members of the community have stepped up to show their appreciation with deliveries of snacks, notes, and other gifts.
Those have included gift cards delivered by Dutch Bros Coffee, a plethora of snacks and hand-written notes gathered by SALON 7 in Medford, a van filled with snacks from Workspace, and meals provided by Cynthia's Sweet Home.
With the amount of appreciation gifts gathering steam over the past month, the Asante Foundation wants the community to know how they can best help support healthcare workers.
"We've been so fortunate to receive some generous donations from the community, and we're continuing to work with the community to show our support for these healthcare workers when they're showing up when we need them most," said Christian Gold Stagg, development director at the Asante Foundation.
Gold Stagg said that ready-to-eat, individually wrapped food items are a good option for healthcare workers right now.
"Folks are working long hours, they're having to put on a lot of PPE, take that on and off to take breaks — it's short break times, if any," said Gold Stagg. "So having those quick, nourishing, tasty foods is so important."
Notes of appreciation and signs of support are also great, Gold Stagg said, and they are being distributed across all three Asante hospitals.
People can also donate to the COVID-19 Compassion Fund on the Asante Foundation's website. The fund was launched in March of 2020, and is intended to help the hospital system meet needs related to COVID-19 preparedness, response, and patient and employee support.