NPMC ICU Nurses Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief

Supplies and Donations Gathered at NPMC for Hurricane Victims

The Intensive Care Unit at National Park Medical Center began helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey at the beginning of the month.

The tropical storm made landfall along the Texas coast on Friday, Aug. 25, and the affected areas were inundated with rainfall through the week.

Law enforcement, emergency and relief groups from across the country have and continue to make their way to the greater Houston area to help, and local groups are making donations to contribute to those efforts.

Their ICU is currently asking for donations to send with “Operation Harvey’s Heroes,” a group of locals who have stepped up to help in the past with catastrophic events, including Hurricane Katrina, said Daniela Davis, RN, BSN.

“Cheri Farmer (RN) and I were talking about needing to do something,” Davis said. “As nurses, I believe we all have an innate need to help others. In times of crisis, this is amplified. Watching the news and seeing all the devastation and destruction, you put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself ‘What would I need?’”

“I feel it is our job as Americans to band together in these times and help each other. It’s just what we do.”

Items have been stored in one of the empty patient rooms in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, and according to Davis more than $2,000 were also donated for nurses from the ICU to purchase needed items. Davis also said $1,000 came directly from the National Park Medical Center Auxiliary Volunteers.

Items include bottled water; pet food; hand sanitizer; hygiene items; baby items; canned foods; convenient snacks; blankets; first aid kits; and flashlights.

According to Janet Willis, coordinator for Harvey’s Heroes, a team of seven to 10 individuals will be taking donations directly to disaster relief centers coordinated by the Texas District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

Willis said this is a community effort and that Harvey’s Heroes “is not a one man show.”

“It’s an entire community, all contributing to make this time of devastation a little bit easier,” she said. “Our goal is to help and collect for as long as needed. We are dedicated and committed until the end.”

PHOTO — Cheri Farmer, RN, left, ICU Nurse Manager Jewell Briggs, and Daniela Davis, RN, worked to collect and purchase donations to send to areas of Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 

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