MIRAMAR BEACH — Hospital staff at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast accepted an assortment of bakeries and goodies packaged in a neon green box recently.
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"The community's donations ... show how much people in this community care about and support our associates, especially our front-line caregivers,“ said Roger Hall, president of Ascension Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.
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Throughout the week, Sarah K’s Gourmet, a gourmet take-out shop, provided some 300 goodie bags to first responders and healthcare workers in the community.
One of the store’s team leaders, Lydia Turner, delivered the goodie bags filled with a mix of different candies and comfort snacks to the hospital Wednesday afternoon.
“We thought it would be nice to do something for the people who are pretty much on the front lines of this pandemic right now,” Turner said.
Turner said the store also made stops at the Destin ER, the Destin Fire Control District and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office substation in Destin. Turner said they would also be delivering to White Wilson Medical Center on Airport Road sometime this week.
Turner said her favorite stop was at the fire department because the firefighters were surprised by the sweet treat.
“A couple of them were hanging out in the kitchen, and I so could tell they were really excited to start munching, which was nice,” Turner said.
The delivery was a way for Sarah K’s to help and support to the first responders in the area, Turner said. The idea came to be when Sarah K’ Gourmet had “a little bit of extra time and a lot of extra goodwill.”
“These people truly are our heroes,” said Sarah K. Schreifer, the shop’s owner in a press release. “Their work is crucial to our community and we hope we can help in some small way by bringing a smile to their faces.”