Posted on: December 29, 2016
Hospital-Cherokee employees Kim Chmielewski and Karen Mason were excited
about the approaching holidays until November 23 when the wildfire in
Tenn. was discovered. Kim asked that her coworker, Arlene White, reach
out to her son who works for Leconte Medical Center in Sevierville,
Tenn., for a list of affected families' needs. Arlene thought to take
the idea a step further by seeing if others at Northside
Hospital-Cherokee would be interested in sponsoring the staff in need at
matching departments in LeConte.
Championing the idea, administration at Northside Hospital-Cherokee reached out to LeConte, which shared that hospital staff were in better shape than others. LeConte administration asked that Northside reach out to Park Vista Hotel instead, as they had 15 families who lost their homes. Northside partnered with Arlene’s husband and his colleagues at Quest Global Inc. to provide assistance to group of 29 hotel employees affected by the fires.
All departments at Northside Hospital-Cherokee, as well as several outpatient offices, sponsored the majority of the 49 children with Quest picking up several and focusing on home supplies, as well as donating the truck for transporting the donations. To help these hotel employees, staff from Northside Hospital-Cherokee and Quest Global collected and donated basic living items like linens, towels, dishes, and cooking utensils. They also purchased Christmas gifts for 49 children, including toys and clothing.
White and her husband personally delivered the supplies and presents to Tenn. for the forest fire victims on Fri., Dec. 23 – just in time for Christmas.
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