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High school students create cards, collect donations for local healthcare workers

Student volunteers at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital include inspiring messages

Healthcare workers at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva show off cards and donations received from students at IMSA and South Elgin High School.
Healthcare workers at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva show off cards and donations received from students at IMSA and South Elgin High School.

GENEVA – Students who are now unable to volunteer at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital because of COVID-19 have found a way to help doctors and nurses at the hospital.

According to a news release, Hailey Raval of Bartlett recruited her fellow students from the Illinois Math and Science Academy and South Elgin High School to make cards to show their support of all healthcare workers.

Raval coordinated the project through Facebook, and asked students to include inspirational messages and to drop them off in a bin outside her door, the release stated. She collected 60 cards the first week, and more than 100 cards and donations during the second week of the effort.

“Every person can make a difference no matter how small,” stated Raval in the release. “Healthcare workers are risking their health for the good of our community. We want to show our appreciation.”

Once neighbors in Bartlett heard about Raval’s efforts, they began donating Girl Scout cookies, tea, lotions, snacks, and other items, the release stated.

“In unprecedented times like this, patient care staff often don’t take the time to pause and care for themselves- physically or emotionally. These cards provide them the opportunity to do just that,” stated Gina Reid Tinio, Ph.D., vice president and chief nurse executive at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, in the release. “Delivering these messages of inspiration to the team here at Northwestern Medicine Delnor is the highlight of my day. Seeing their smiles, sharing in their tears, and just feeling the joy when they see and read the messages is priceless.”

Northwestern Medicine has established an online form for community donations at https://www.nm.org/conditions-and-care-areas/infectious-disease/covid-19/donations.

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