Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Kindness Krew Hosting BBQ Lunch Fundraiser for Hospital

The Kindness Krew is really all about supporting employees of the local hospital. And the organization’s first fundraiser is coming up soon.

A barbecue lunch fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Sallisaw Civic Center, 111 N. Elm St.

For a donation of $10 per person at the door, guests will have their choice of pork or bologna sandwich, beans, chips, homemade dessert – prepared by hospital employees -- and water, with the barbecue meat furnished by Big Ernie’s Black Diamond BBQ.

Judy Martens, president of the Kindness Krew, said the group will make barbecue lunch deliveries on May 3 within the city limits, provided customers call ahead by 11 a.m. that Friday; for orders or information, call 918-605-4351 or 918-208-4108.

Martens said all proceeds benefit NHS-Sequoyah, allowing the Kindness Krew to extend support to the local hospital.

“We’ve done different things to help at the hospital,” explained Martens, adding that the Kindness Krew has redecorated the mammography room there, making it more comfortable for patients. They have also hosted employee appreciation events.

Hospital Administrator Stephanie Six said before the Kindness Krew started assisting last year, many employees did not visit the cafeteria.

“The first thing the Kindness Krew did was a breakfast for everyone,” Six said, adding that coming together for that breakfast was the beginning of employees starting to gather in the cafeteria again. “The group is coming back together --- coming together as a team.”

As a retired registered nurse, Kindness Krew member Abbie Bailey said it’s important to keep the morale among hospital employees high.

“I know the importance they play in providing … moral support,” Bailey said of the Kindness Krew. “I wanted to be a part of that. Anything I can do to support my profession.”

Currently, the Kindness Krew is small but mighty. There may be only five members right now, but they are making a difference at the hospital and with its employees, according to Six.

“We are going to start an Employee of the Month,” she said, adding that the hospital has 175 employees and growing. “The Kindness Krew will furnish gifts for the Employee of the Month … to increase morale.”

Martens said she hopes the barbecue fundraiser is successful so that the Kindness Krew can continue to assist the local hospital and to help show that the community is thankful that the hospital is here to serve area residents.

“People can come out and support our fundraiser May 3 so we can prepare to do whatever Stephanie sees as a need to help with,” explained Martens. “We want to be ready to help the hospital with whatever they need.”

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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