August 26, 2009-For National Nurses Week, Coastal Carolina Hospital nurses wanted to do more than just make the community and hospital staff aware of this week designated in nurses’ honor. To highlight their caring quality, they decided to raise money to support operations at the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper County.
The nurses recently presented a check for $520 to Anne Walker, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper County. The nurses raised the money from a prize drawing held during nurses’ week in May.
“We felt like it was important to do something to benefit our community. This was a good fit for us” said Shelly Weilenman, R.N., Vice President of Patient Care Services at Coastal. “We want the children to know we care about their wellbeing. Having a safe, learning environment is necessary.” Weilenman and Dawn McKinney, R.N., Director of Education at Coastal, presented the check to Walker, who explained that the funds arrived at a critical time for the club and would be essential to helping it survive. The Boys and Girls Club, located at 913 Grays Highway in Ridgeland, provides academic enrichment programs and recreation for 120 members.
Weilenman said the proceeds came from an event held a few months ago, but fundraising efforts for the Boys and Girls Club has not ended. “Our staff was very concerned when they read about the club’s financial struggles in the newspaper and they wanted to do more,” she said. One afternoon a week, employees can purchase ice cream during an afternoon social at the hospital. Proceeds from these events will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper County.