Want to help? Here’s how.
Over the past two weeks I’ve devoted this blog to the events that unfolded in Joplin on May 22 and to the recovery efforts since. The blog gets almost 300 views a day and the number of hits have increased over the past two weeks.
I know many of you want to help and some of you already have. Below you will find information on how we can “help our own”. I will leave this post in place the rest of the week in hopes that something you’ve read on this blog over the past couple of weeks has compelled you to help your fellow health care workers in need just a few miles to the south.
Please consider contributing to the HERO Fund, who knows, you may need it some day yourself.
This year’s devastating tornados and floods — compounded by the tornado in Joplin that destroyed one of the two community hospitals — highlight the unique needs of hospital employees affected by disasters. Amid all the destruction and devastation, these individuals are working 24/7 to care for patients and victims of the disaster. In many cases, these men and women have not had the chance to deal with the effects on their families, homes and personal possessions.
The MHA Center for Education, which is a charitable organization affiliated with the Missouri Hospital Association, has established the HERO fund — Hospital Employee Relief Operation — that will receive contributions and coordinate distribution of monies to deserving employees of affected hospitals. Funds will go to help hospital employees who are full- or part-time Missouri hospital employees significantly affected by this year’s disasters and who live in one of the FEMA-designated counties.
Contributions are tax-deductible. Because the MHA Center for Education will not use any contributions for administrative fees, 100 percent of your donation will go to hospital employees affected by these situations.
Give back to those who give us so much — donate to the HERO fund today. Thank you for your generosity.