$10,000 Donation Reflects "Love for thy Neighbors"
The Baker-Polito Administration said Monday the state is on track to meet the goal of vaccinating 4.1 million residents by June and all remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted effective May 29.
While the Commonwealth prepares to move away from its state of emergency, members of the Old South Union church, which sits across the street from South Shore Hospital, felt it important to honor clinicians and providers for the challenges they’ve faced throughout the pandemic and as they begin to move forward.
Congregants last week assembled 2,000 gifts bags for South Shore Health colleagues – based on a Lenten collection of $10,000 – as a way of showing their support and gratitude.
“It is the largest Lenten collection ever held in the congregation’s history,” according to Reverend Jenny Barrett Siegal.
The effort is part of the church’s doctrine to “love thy neighbors."
“It’s especially fitting during this ‘Caring for the Caregiver’ month,” said hospital chaplain Peggy O’Neil Files.
The gift bags were delivered to South Shore Hospital on Sunday by Reverend Jenny, as she is known, and by vaccinated volunteers from the church. Distribution of the gift bags, gift cards and personal thank you notes began Monday morning.
Over 1,500 gifts were to be given out during three hospital shifts. Another 500 gift bags were delivered to South Shore Health’s Home Care Division which includes South Shore Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice of the South Shore as well as clinicians at 2 Pond Park in Hingham, home of the health system’s Center for Orthopedic, Spine and Sports Medicine, and Pain Management Clinic.