Rather than simply accepting well-deserved praise during National Nurses Week, the nursing staff at Western Reserve Hospital chose to do something truly praiseworthy: They raised $875 for both Richardson Elementary School and Falls Cancer Club.
During National Nurses Week, an annual celebration of nurses that takes place every May, the nurses at Western Reserve Hospital created and raffled off giant gift baskets to raise money for the community.
The fundraiser began as a friendly competition between the inpatient and outpatient nurses, who were tasked with creating an inpatient “indoor activity” basket, which included pampering spa items, and an outpatient “outdoor activity” basket.
But the generosity of the nurses and physicians resulted in the creation of four different gift baskets, with two gift bags each that contained $50 worth of gift cards. The baskets were raffled for a week outside of the hospital cafeteria.
The raffle raised enough money to donate $875 to both the Falls Cancer Club and Richardson Elementary School. Richardson Elementary will use the money to build an educational Teaching Garden, where students can learn about agriculture and biology.
Falls Cancer Club, an independent group of volunteers that helps provide financial and lifestyle assistance to Cuyahoga Falls cancer patients, will use the donation to help finance physician, treatment and pharmacy costs for residents battling cancer.