The best day EVER for SMYS

By December 12, 2015Uncategorized

We just gave out our first scholarship.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Ok, so no money changed hands on our end.  However…..

I received this email:

“Hello! This is <name redacted>.  I was rear ended the day before Thanksgiving and it has taken me off of work. Because of that, I had to let my son’s Christmas that was on layaway go back, because I didn’t have the money to pay it. I am also trying to save the money to buy the supplies I need to start my classes right after Christmas. I would be grateful for just a few gifts for my son. He is 5. I am also a single mom with no financial help from his father. My mom passed away on Thanksgiving 2010, and my dad is a drunk. I haven’t heard from him in months. I tried to get help from our local toy drive but they couldn’t help due to no funds. I would be forever grateful for helping me with a Christmas for my son. Thank you for your time!”

So we adopted her.  Baby got Christmas presents. We talked a little more and she asked me a question….

“Janie, I have a question. Do you know any online shops that sell good quality, yet cheap white scrub sets? Also could you suggest a good quality, yet cheap stethoscope? I have to have those items, plus a watch with 2nd hand, a manual blood pressure cuff, and white leather shoes, by the week after Christmas. I was able to find 1 pair of white bottoms at our local second hand shop for 49 cents yesterday, but nothing else. Thank you!”

I verified where she was starting school, which was Richland Community College, and that it had programs for health professions.

I asked her size….

And we adopted her in a different way.  By giving a “2 sets of scrubs, a stethoscope, shoes, a watch, and a blood pressure cuff.” away to her. The scrubs from an Amazon wishlist, the rest from gently used donations from our members.

So, our cast-off stuff, plus a moderate donation of new scrubs made a huge difference in her life. And then I got a hare-brained idea.  I asked if our members would like to start a scrub bank, so we could keep scrubs organized in one place for this eventuality.  Any color, any size, good condition.  Also used stethoscopes, B/p cuffs, watches, shoes, etc.  (naturally, I am the organizing ‘we’.)

They love the idea! I get to clean out my closet and donate to people who may need it! We all can!

And we did what nurses do.  We helped.

Then my next hare-brained idea:

We are going to start a scrubs bank for people with financial need, so everyone is going to mail me their old scrubs, shoes, watches, jackets, stethoscopes, etc. I will try to fulfill wish lists for students and new RN/LPN/CNA’s.

Because you know I was not busy enough already. 🙂







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