The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce launched a new program in April that gives back to frontline healthcare worker’s families. This program, entitled “Cards for Caring, You Take Care of Us, Let Us Care Of Your Family,” allowed the community to donate in $25, $50 and $100 increments through the Chamber’s website and the Chamber purchased gift cards from area chamber restaurant members. Those gift cards were distributed to the three local hospitals – Doctor’s Hospital of Augusta, Augusta University Health and University Health Care System. The goal was to help provide for the healthcare workers family while supporting local restaurant members.
“Many people wanted to help,” Tammy Shepherd, President & CEO of the Columbia County Chamber, said in a statement. “This program helped provide food for the families of frontline healthcare workers while they are taking care of pandemic patients at work. It’s a win-win for two deserving industry segments.”
The Chamber exceeded its goal of 100 gift cards to each of the three hospitals and the hospitals received over 125 gift cards. The total value contributed was $9,375. The first drop was held on May 7 and 75 gift cards were distributed and the second drop was June 25 and over 55 gift cards were distributed.
“University Health Care System is thankful for our longstanding partnership with the Columbia County Chamber,” Laurie Ott, President of University Health Care Foundation, said in a previous statement. “The Chamber and many others in the community have been so supportive of our staff and physicians during this COVID pandemic. We are especially touched that the Chamber has thought of donating gift cards from local restaurants so that our healthcare workers and their families can enjoy meals together.”
For more information about the Cards for Caring Program, contact Tiffany Heitzman, Vice President for the Columbia County Chamber, at [email protected]