About 500 healthcare workers are part of the Medical University of South Carolina and they all got a little bit of extra love and appreciation Saturday.
These 500 workers risk their lives, work overtime and feel the pressure of the pandemic for more than year and a half as they are on the frontlines of responding to this crisis.
As an appreciation for what they are doing during this pandemic period, Coca Cola Consolidated gave away good bags, gift cards, meal kits and more to all of them on Saturday.
“They’ve done a lot of sacrificing over the last 18 months, and they deserve to feel appreciated,” Marty Postell with Coca-Cola Consolidated said.
MUSC officials say they support events like this because they encourage the healthcare workers to continue with their amazing work in these tough times and make them feel valued.
“[I hope they know] that people care and that they’re recognized for all their efforts and sacrifices trying to keep our community healthy,” Susan Johnson, the director of health promotion at MUSC, said.
Mike Seekings, Charleston City Councilman, also took part at the event on Saturday and he helped pass out the goody bags. He was glad to be part of the event encouraging other companies and individuals to think about organizing similar events and support the healthcare workers.
“Having watched now for the last year and a half what goes on inside those walls, what frontline workers have been asked to do, it’s amazing,” he said. “If you give them a Coca-Cola, a Chick-fil-A sandwich, a pat on the back, and a thank you, it’s very little but I think it goes a long way.”
Those who want to donate and support the healthcare workers with the MUSCH can do that by visiting MUSC’s website.