Blessing come in all shapes and sizes
A simple cloth bag is not necessarily a blessing. But fill it with a snack,
water, toiletries and something to shield a person from hot or cold weather,
and it quickly becomes one.
hat is what the staff members who care for mothers and babies at Kaweah
Delta learned when they embarked on a community service project to fill
and distribute “blessing bags” to people in need. To date,
they have distributed nearly 100 blessing bags to people in parks, parking
lots and other places where people gather in Visalia and Tulare.
“It is heartwarming, it is huge. People are so thankful,” said
Anna Berg, a registered nurse who has helped with the project since 2017.
“There are plenty of people that need help and they are so grateful.
They thank us for coming by and caring for them.”
This community service project is just one of nearly 100 such projects
that Kaweah Delta employees work on throughout the year as part of their
work on Unit-Based Councils. These councils, which exist on every unit
at Kaweah Delta, empower nurses to improve nursing practice, patient care,
and professional development. Volunteer efforts further professional development
by allowing people to develop new skills, new interests and gain a better
understanding of their community.
Everyone who volunteered with the blessing bags project left changed, said
Mara Lawson, an RN at Kaweah Delta. “We didn’t know how much
it would touch us and change us,” she said.
Some wanted their children to be a part of the experience including Angela
Gonzales, an RN on the unit. “It was important for them to see not
everybody has running water and food,” she said. “It’s
up to us to be a good example to them and show them that our blessings
can make a difference in others’ lives.”
Kaweah Delta Employees Care for out community on and off the clock.