Hugs for Healthcare Heroes
How it Works
Our local hospital is on the brink and healthcare workers are tired and depleted. The pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, but perhaps more so on those in healthcare who are directly impacted on a daily basis: nurses, physicians assistants, lab technicians, respiratory therapists, housekeeping staff, and so many others!
Let’s show our appreciation for their sacrifices and give them a little “Hug in a Mug” to let them know we care.
Together with community members and local businesses, we are raising funds to buy gift cards and goods from local businesses as a token of appreciation for our healthcare workers. We will assemble “mugs” (coffee mugs, water bottles, or tumblers) filled with gift cards from local businesses and notes of encouragement to deliver to employees at our local healthcare facilities.
We know there are hundreds of healthcare workers within many departments working to keep us safe and who deserve recognition. The number of mugs and gift cards we are able to give out will depend on donations but we will work with each facility to make the distribution process as equitable as possible. We will continue filling and distributing mugs until the funds runs out!
Participating facilities: Confluence Health, Lake Chelan Community Hospital, and Columbia Valley Community Health. Congratulations to Cascade Medical Center for completing their campaign!
Our goal is to collect the majority of donations and notes of encouragement by Friday, January 22nd.
How to Help
OPTION 1: Donate online and we’ll purchase gift cards on your behalf.
OPTION 2: Purchase gift cards from your favorite local businesses and we will add them to the mugs. Deliver or mail them to the Community Foundation at 9 S Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee WA 98801.
OPTION 3: Write notes of encouragement and gratitude. We will deliver notes and cards in the mugs for healthcare workers. Deliver or mail them to the Community Foundation at 9 S Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee WA 98801.
OPTION 4: Paint your own mug for a healthcare hero from Inspirations Ceramic & Art Cafe! Mugs must be returned to the ceramic studio by January 20th to be glazed and fired in the kiln in time. You can check out more details here about this fun family volunteer activity.
This is a WIN-WIN to support small, local businesses and send a hug to the healthcare workers! Every donation makes a difference so THANK YOU for your support.
Special Thanks to: Wenatchee Downtown Association, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Chelan-Douglas Health District, Heather Dappen Designs, Cashmere Valley Bank, North Cascades Bank, and North Central Accountable Community of Health.