Cards brighten the day for local hospital patients, healthcare workers

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Central Texans are sending in cards of support for patients and healthcare workers at a local hospital to remind them they're not alone while a no-visitor policy remains in effect to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center is calling the effort to gather the cards from the community during this uneasy time for staff and potentially isolating time for patients Operation Community Connection. (Courtesy photo)

Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center is calling the effort to gather the cards from the community during this uneasy time for staff and potentially isolating time for patients Operation Community Connection.

So far the response has been great, says chaplain Joanna Sowards.

"We're really grateful for them to contribute because in this time of isolation especially for our patients and all those we're caring for to know they're not forgotten that people are praying for them and holding hope for them," she said.

The hospital says handmade cards from children are a favorite, but they say the best way to ensure the safety of its patients and staff is to email them a picture or scan of the cards.

Six-year-old Reagan used paint for her card.

She may be young but she's heard enough about the coronavirus to have concern for patients and staff.

"Because they're sick and the coronavirus we're doing something nice for them so they can feel better," the young girl said.

"So we can give them some love and support.

Samara, also 6, used markers to draw green grass and colorful flowers with a message of "get well soon."

"Because if they're feeling alone and sad that people are not visiting them that they can draw pictures for them to help them feel better," Samara said.

Four-year-old Natalie also drew flowers to be delivered on her card.

"Pictures for them so they can feel happy," she said.

If you would like to send a card you can email them to BSWHWacocares@bswhealth.org.