Providence collects items for local family struck by tragedy

September 12, 2011

At Providence, our patients are like family; so when we learned one of our beloved patients was facing additional misfortune, our compassionate employees began responding.

The patient, who is currently fighting stage IV breast cancer, learned her son’s home in The Dalles burned to the ground on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. The tragedy has left her son and his two young children, ages 5 years and 14 months, with nothing, and forcing them to live in a local hotel.

Providence employees, led by Carrie Kennedy, R.N., are pulling together essential items such as household goods, clothing, toiletries blankets and bedding, and toys for the children. “When things like this happen in our community, we respond,” says Kennedy, an infusion nurse at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. “It’s not a question about what do we do next, the question is how can we help?”

Carrie will be loading all donations for delivery to the family in The Dalles beginning at noon on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in the east parking lot near infusion services.