The Giving from Within Campaign is an ongoing foundation dedicated to making a difference for patients, visitors and the Christus Spohn family.
Grunwald, along with Brenda Lopez, also from the foundation, were there to explain the benefits of the campaign and to thank the associates who have contributed to the cause by donating.
“The Giving from Within Campaign is all about the associates,” Grunwald said. “Associates donate, then they get to suggest ideas and projects; they get to choose how their money is used.”
The campaign was designed as a way for associates to give back to their patients and to the community. Donations have been used to fund various projects, from flu and pneumonia vaccines for the community and home monitoring blood pressure kits for those who need them to clothing care packages for hospital patients.
“The campaign has used the money to purchase gas cards for patients who have to travel back and forth for treatment, and recently we were able to purchase an ice dispenser for Beeville’s surgical department so patients who are recovering from surgery can have access to it,” Grunwald said.
Lopez stressed that even the little things can make a big difference, and the few dollars here and there that associates are able to donate add up.
Hospital employees Kushan Sugarek and Gloria Castaneda also helped out at the booth on Wednesday, passing out cupcakes and reusable grocery bags decorated with the campaign’s logo to thank associates for donating and helping out those in their communities who need it most.
Lindsey Shaffer is the regional editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 119, or at regional@mySouTex.com.