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By Cynthia Haggitt
Health care workers work long hours and often do not get recognized or rewarded for the work they do. However, some cities like Jerseyville, have great supporters who appreciate what they do on the frontline. Our health care workers are unequivocally the heroes of this pandemic.
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. LifechurchX is a church whose focus is to extend beyond its reach outside the walls of their church and they do this by volunteering in the Jerseyville community.
On Saturday, Sept. 18, LifechurchX went to Jerseyville Community Hospital and paid respects to the frontline healthcare workers.
“We were so excited and blessed to serve healthcare employees who have worked so hard to provide comfort and care to the people of our community,” Linda Minor, LifechurchX member and community coordinator, said. “It was a lot of fun! We worked together as a team to wash, rinse and dry off the vehicles. We washed many cars, trucks, and an ambulance.”
Minor mentioned that the hospital staff couldn’t leave their job posts and left us their keys. She said all the volunteers went through the parking lot looking for their cars by pressing the key fobs which provided a lot of laughter as they started their day.
“We pulled their cars into the line and parked them back where they were originally parked and left their keys at the hospital registration desk,” Minor said. “ We also provided hamburgers, chips and bottled water, and had some wonderful discussions with those who hung out while we washed their car.”
Minor said. “The dietician asked if we could cook hamburgers, in lieu of their hospital cook, so we did that and delivered grilled hamburgers, buns, and chips to their cafeteria for their lunch crowd. It was an amazingly good weather day and the event put joy in our hearts!”
Minor said their church is passionate about serving people in extreme ways as well as partnering with people in our community through exciting social events in and around the area.
“LifechurchX does life together through building meaningful relationships. We celebrate life’s most beautiful moments together and support one another through life’s most difficult trials.”
*Linda Minor also contributed to this article*