We are grateful for the generosity of our community and want to thank the many businesses and individuals who have donated items over the last few months to support our healthcare heroes as they have worked day in and day out to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The following businesses contributed personal protective equipment and other items: Advanced Auto Parts, Anheuser Busch/Bartholomew County Beverage Co. (energy drinks), Barco Uniforms, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Blondie’s Salon & Spa, Brown County Health and Living, BSA Life Structures, Bucceto’s, Chick-fil-A, Central Indiana Jeepers, CMP Ventures, Columbus Chinese Association, Columbus Korean Association, Cummins Inc., Cummins LiveWell Center, Decatur Mold, Donut Central, Domino’s, Dorel, Draper Inc., Eldon’s Automotive, The Escape Room, Estep & Co./Subway, Fidelity Investments, Flintwood Wesleyan Church, Fresh Fork, Georg Utz Inc. USA, Green Tree, Hard Truth Distillery (hand sanitizer), Hilex Poly LLC, IUPUC, Ivy Tech, Jimmy John’s, Josie Maran, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Low Carb Revolution, Lowe’s of Columbus, Luciana’s, Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders, Lincoln Financial Group, Mariah Foods, McDonald’s/Ball Management Group, Menards, Moose Lodge, Night Owl Country Band, NTN Driveshaft, Papa John’s, Precision Tools, Quick Signs, Salvation Army, Sam’s Club, Sherwin Williams Columbus, Skeleton Crew Tattoo, Sleep Inn & Suites, Southern Roofing, Stryker, Inc., Sugar Creek BBQ, SuperATV, Toyota Material Handling, and Tropical Smoothie.
Many individuals also provided food, gloves, masks, face shields, and other items. They include Katrina Barr, Harry Bond, Debbie Collins, CRH Spiritual Support volunteers, Enkei employees, Wendy Eubanks, Chatney Gelfius, Vicki Gelfius, Amy Harden, Rachel Harned, Elaine Hilber, Vickie Huff, Courtney Imlay, Keith Maus, Kate Meadows, Joshua Miller, Delilah Murphy, Carol Rice, John Rupp, Ashley Ryan, Bernard Waldhier, Kelly Wampler, and Cherese Williams.
We wish that we could feature all the items that were donated, but due to the sheer volume of donations, we will highlight a few.
Courtney Imlay, who works at Cummins Inc. and previously worked at Columbus Regional Health, organized a meal train for two weeks that consisted of two meals a day. Community members signed up to pay for meals from community restaurants that were then delivered to CRH.
Kelly Wampler, who is a mental health technician in our Mental Health department, contacted the Josie Maran company after seeing the vendor on the QVC channel. Ms. Maran had previously sent 8,000 units of her Whipped Argan Oil to another hospital for their COVID-19 frontline workers and offered the same opportunity for any other interested organizations. As someone who uses the product, Kelly knew that the oil would help smooth hands that are frequently washed with soap and water. She contacted the company and requested a donation. Because of Kelly’s request, the company sent 1,500 units of the oil for distribution to CRH healthcare workers.
Donations from local businesses have included protective goggles, N95 and surgical masks, gloves, coveralls, medical gowns, and other supplies. One example is the Columbus Chinese Association, which donated $50,000 worth of personal protective equipment to CRH, the City of Columbus and other Columbus organizations. In addition to many companies donating supplies, some companies’ employees also designed and produced personal protective equipment that they donated. Those businesses include Cummins Inc., Georg Utz, Inc. USA, and IUPUC.
The Night Owl Country Band put on a Facebook Live concert in our Kroot Auditorium.
Many local businesses made and donated meals, while others provided free or reduced-price meals at their restaurants. There have been prayer vigils, community caravans that came to the hospital to show support, nearly $60,000 in community donations to our Employee Relief Fund, and many thoughtful letters and pictures that were received from community members of all ages.
Columbus Regional Health’s vision is to be your health and wellness partner for life, and we are grateful for the many partners – both the individuals and the organizations - we have in this community. Your support has been tremendous and greatly appreciated.
*Due to the volume of donations received over the past few months, we apologize if any organizations/individuals are not listed.