MOLVH Celebrates Mission and Values Week by delivering humanitarian aid to children in Afghanistan, school supplies to area kids
Mission & Values Week is an annual celebration for the organizations affiliated with Ministry Health Care, including Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley. This year’s week is September 12-18, 2010. According to Cynthia Eichman, president of MOLVH, “It is during this system-wide celebration that the Mission and Values of our sponsors, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, are shared in a way that will educate and renew their importance in our ministry.”
To reinforce the mission and celebrate Mission & Values Week this year, MOLVH employees decided to help children desperately in need – half way around the world. This came about after employees read an article in the internal newsletter “Ministry Today” that described how Chuck Lovelace, an employee of Ministry affiliate Door County Memorial Hospital, organized a collection of shoes and socks for Afghans after learning from his son (who is serving in the military) that many of the children there suffer from exposure.
MOLVH had a connection to Afghanistan – an employee’s sister, U.S. Army Specialist Pamela Baka, had recently been deployed to the country. Spc. Baka shared the same concerns of the cold weather’s affect on the children and was very willing to be a contact person for shipments.
MOLVH radiology technician Melissa Henderson was on the planning committee. She collaborated with MOLVH’s consulting radiology group, Medical X-Ray Consultants, and the employees of Cvikota Company to help with the effort. Melissa said, “The radiologists made a generous monetary donation to help defray postage costs and the employees at Cvikota made a huge donation of warm clothing. In total, we sent almost 500 pounds of warm clothing, shoes, socks, pajamas, toys and candy to Afghanistan.”
Spc. Baka said in an email to MOLVH, “I just wanted to let you know that I received all of the boxes. It is amazing to see the smiles on the faces of the recipients. Not only are you helping the needy people of Afghanistan, you are helping us win the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan.”
MOLVH’s Kerry Papierniak also participated on the committee. She said, “The generosity of the staff at MOLVH, Medical X-Ray Consultants and Cvikota was unbelievable. It felt so good to not only help these poor children but also our military personnel. It truly embodies our mission of service to the poor.”
In addition to this initiative the employees at MOLVH also coordinated a school supply drive this year and collected eight boxes of commonly needed supplies that are being distributed to many of the schools in their service area. Kerry said, “We have done this for several years now as part of our Mission and Values Week and each time we drop off supplies at the schools they let us know how nice it is to have the items to help those kids who were not able to bring all their own supplies."