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Car Parade Honors Hospital Workers, Patients
By Charlotte Kovalchuk, Hello Georgetown Contributor
“We love our St. David’s.” “God bless you.” “Thank you.” Nearly 20 volunteers drove around St. David’s Georgetown Hospital Monday, sporting signs of encouragement meant to uplift staff and patients.
The fact that the parade took place on the hottest day of the year, St. David’s Georgetown CEO Hugh Brown said, didn’t seem to bother volunteers in the least.
“The majority of our volunteers are senior adults – here they are out there with a lot of energy in the heat,” said Darrell Hudson, who manages the hospital’s spiritual care and volunteer services.
Hugh was excited to see the volunteers back at the hospital, which he called an empty place without them during COVID-19.
“We have desperately missed our volunteers. They’re an integral part of our daily operations,” he said, calling the event the latest display of appreciation from the community. “I’m seeing familiar faces, even behind the masks.”
The facility has nearly 200 volunteers who put in around 19,000 hours a year. Since they haven’t been able to come to the hospital during COVID-19, they searched for ways to show their appreciation for staff and patients. In April, the hospital played a video of volunteers holding encouraging posters for workers.
Volunteers decided to take their encouragement on the road Monday with the car parade, which Darrell said was so encouraging for health care workers.
“Thank you so much. It’s helpful to know that people care for us,” they said.
“It was neat to see a lot of our staff members waving and smiling,” Darrell added. “It was a good hug for everybody.”
Hospital volunteers plan to hold another car parade at 6:30 p.m. June 29 at the facility. Anyone who would like to attend is encouraged to park and stay in/near their vehicles and honk to show their support.