HALEYVILLE - Haleyville City Schools, despite facing educational packet and food giveaways to their students who are under Governor Kay Ivey's Stay at Home order to the coronavirus pandemic facing the state, have reached out in good will to compile and deliver 500 bags of essentials to health care workers throughout the city.
On Monday morning, April 6, school officials gathered the goody bags which were compiled among teachers and students throughout the district. Earlier that morning, a delivery of these goody bags was made to staff at both assisted living facilities in the city. Plans were later this afternoon to deliver the remaining bags to the nursing home as well as Lakeland Community Hospital, HCS Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland said.
The school system was contacted by Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri about the school helping with a project to fulfill a need at health care facilities, benefitting those who are on the front lines in helping protect the public and older citizens from COVID-19.
These health care workers, Dr. Sutherland added, are often unable to leave their jobs to get a snack or lunch because of the long shifts they are working in their efforts to protect the public.
Messages went out to faculty and staff and efforts were underway to compile the zip-lock bags filling them with Gaterade water, snacks such as crackers and chips.
“It goes to show that when we talk about serving with pride, we mean that,” Dr. Sutherland said. “We appreciate all of the health care workers for making the sacrifice to be on the front lines as well as keeping our communities safe.”
The bags also contained personal notes of encouragement from staff and students. “We feel like our hospital, our health care facilities, they are always willing to help us...We just wanted to let them know we care about them and the job they are doing,” Dr. Sutherland added.
Due to the ongoing threat and safety concerning COVID-19, school officials knocked on the doors of the health care facilities and left the bags outside for health care workers to pick up. The goods have been compiled into plastic bags, so they can be disinfected by health care workers before they are opened, school officials said.
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