Doctors, nurses, medical professionals, and staff provide comfort and care to the sick and injured and the south Lake community wanted to show their appreciation for what the staff of the South Lake Hospital is doing especially during the COVID-19 virus crisis.
An estimated 200 people recently showed up at a designated staging area at the parking lot next to the National Training Center and proceeded to begin a caravan of Love And Appreciation around the hospital.
“There was an overwhelming feeling of love and exuberance among those who participated”, said Marilyn Neve, an organizer and participant in the caravan, along with Lori McKnight and Real Life Clermont.
There were lots of homemade signs, big smiles, and cheers! It was truly an overwhelming feeling of joy. “As we were distributing the information flyers, drivers and passengers in the caravan were cheering and ramping-up! So much thankfulness and gratitude were flowing”, said Marilyn.
The hospital staff was thrilled to see the caravan of Love and Gratitude. Some of the staff made signs to let those in the cars know they appreciated the thoughtfulness. Some appeared very emotional. “I think that their spirits were lifted and they felt how deeply we care about them, said Marilyn. “Ultimately, that was our goal and purpose in all of this. Lifting their spirits and sending them a “hug” through our signs! Since we can’t physically hug them, this is the best we can do!”
The hospital staff means a lot to Marilyn. Until a few weeks ago, she volunteered weekly in the emergency room at the hospital, now, because of the coronavirus, she hasn’t been able to. Her son Jordan is a nurse at Orlando Health Hospital in Ocoee and has been working on the COVID-19 floor for the past few weeks. Marilyn said she knows how exhausted he is and how important his faith is in keeping him strong.
Acts of kindness go a long way. A strong dose of love and appreciation helps give our caregivers and first responders the strength to continue the great job they are doing.
Caravan of Love and Appreciation
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