Metro East man continues Christmas tradition by surprising healthcare workers with gifts | St. Louis News Headlines
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WATERLOO (KMOV.com) – For the second year in a row, a Metro East man surprised dozens of St. Louis healthcare workers with Christmas presents.
Last year, Bob Raffety of Waterloo, Illinois, launched a campaign called Adopt a Healthcare Worker on Facebook. The goal was to raise funds for 30 healthcare workers for Christmas gifts.
Raffety ended up hitting the mark and donating 30 gifts to nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis.
This year Raffety received enough to surprise 60 ICU nurses at SLU Hospital.
“Basically for $ 20 someone could sponsor a nurse and that will include a Christmas present,” Raffety told News 4. “This includes gourmet chocolates and a handwritten note of appreciation and thanks for what ‘they do day by day. “
Micah Lambert, nurse in charge of intensive care at SLU hospital, distributed the gifts on Wednesday and Thursday. The workers were chosen at random.
“Right now, health care is so tiring and so demanding,” Lambert said. “When he asked me this year to be the elf, I was more than honored, and I was just delighted to do so. Every time I handed one of the gifts to one nurses, their faces lit up. “
Raffety said he got the idea after battling COVID last year, coupled with the way nurses treated his family when his father died five years earlier at Barnes Jewish Hospital two days after Christmas .
“Then all of those memories started coming back, and I was like, ‘I have to find a way to keep paying forward,’ and that’s what started it all. They were really our lifeblood and our support that made us feel. helped day in and day out. My dad had to have major surgery, and it didn’t go as planned, “he said.” He ended up spending five months in intensive care at the Barnes hospital here in St. Louis. Christmas now has a whole different meaning for us. “
Donations can be made by contacting Raffety at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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