TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The North Mississippi Medical Center is asking for the public’s help this Christmas season.
Donations will be given to nurses on the frontlines and to families who lost loved ones to the coronavirus.
"When you talk about coronavirus, the pandemic, we have a floor full of warriors that literally go to war every day," Steven Blaylock said.
Blaylock is the president of the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi.
Because the virus is deadly, management did not allow nurses who work in the COVID unit to leave the floor for lunch. That was until recently.
"That takes a little bit away of their self-care," Unit Manager Nurse Beverly Russel said of the nurses’ sacrifice.
Because of this, the Foundation staff found other ways to feed nurses, but that comes with a large bill.
"The cost to feed the COVID floor through us is $1,000," Blaylock said.
To repay nurses for their hard work, the Foundation president asked for donations to feed the nurses.
"It's just another small way that they know that our community has our back and our community helps to look out for us."
They are also asking for monetary donations to help provide gifts to the families who lost loved ones to the virus.
"Just to let them know that we're thinking about them."
Russel said they do not allow visitors because of the virus. Donations will help make gift baskets for the holidays.
"A lot of times when we do see the families, it's when the families are coming to say goodbye to their loved ones."
Blaylock added as healthcare workers, they do not want to encourage the community to go out shopping to help with the gift baskets, which is why he says they are asking for monetary donations instead.