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Staff at Good Shepherd supporting local charities

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LONGVIEW, TX - The nursing and medical staff at Good Shepherd Medical Center is finding ways to help others by volunteering their personal time to support local charities.

Sally Herring, ICU nurse, was so inspired by the book ‘Every Monday Matters' that she established a group of the same name within the hospital that is dedicated to organizing events to benefit those in need.

"The book is so powerful - it gives you practical advice about making dreaded Mondays a day of action - where even a small step by you can make a huge impact in the life of others. I was so moved by it I told a few colleagues, who then passed it on and before long there was so much interest we all got together and decided what we could do to make a collective difference."

During the week prior to the Super Bowl, Herring and her colleagues organized a week long ‘Souper Bowl' challenge with co-workers and departments competing to donate the most canned goods. The result was a mountain of canned and non-perishable food items being piled high in the hospital's main entrance as staff gave what they could to donate to the House of Hope.

Sally explains why House of Hope is an obvious choice. "We have often referred women to the shelter, women who end up in the hospital but are homeless and in desperate need - so we all know how crucial the refuge is and I can't think of a more worthy cause for us to focus our energies on."

Sister Helen Johnson, who runs the shelter which celebrates its fourth anniversary this month, says she is very grateful to Good Shepherd's staff. "These people work so hard taking care of the sick during their working hours. It is so heartwarming that they still want to help those in need in their spare time when they don't need to. It's all about giving for them and they are certainly making a difference in the lives of the women who end up here." 

The Souper Bowl challenge is just one of many initiatives that the Every Monday Matters group has developed. They are continuing to identify ways to help others in the community.

"We just want people to realize that we can all do something if we decide to take action," says Sally. "There is so much need here in our own community and I am so proud of my co-workers here at Good Shepherd. We have all realized this is a perfect way to have a positive impact, get others involved, and make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others."

In the past the group has also organized a clothes drive for the homeless and last year, challenged each other to send Christmas cards and letters to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the end over a hundred were sent with staff, some of whom have soldiers stationed there, receiving many letters of thanks from the troops.

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