4 Dallas youngsters observed one thing concerning the outpouring of assist for well being care employees treating COVID-19 sufferers: Nobody had reached out to the Veterans Affairs Medical Heart in east Oak Cliff.
In brief order, they created Serve Our Heroes, a nonprofit that on April 10 started delivering 75 heat meals day by day to nurses and assist workers working within the facility’s COVID-19 ward.
The group has since expanded and can be coordinating lunch drop-offs to veterans hospitals in San Antonio and Temple.
“These gestures actually go a protracted option to enhance spirits as our staff proceed to battle COVID-19 in our affected person inhabitants,” says James Calhoun, who works with volunteers on the medical middle.
A second facet of the charity’s mission is to assist eating places and caterers, and it coordinates with 15 of them to organize and transport the meals.
Up to now, Serve Our Heroes has raised greater than $100,000 in donations and coordinated almost 11,000 meals.
“I’m extraordinarily grateful that we have now discovered a option to gas the struggle by serving medical heroes who’re taking good care of our nation’s heroes,” says Catherine Dedman, one of many co-founders along with her youthful sister, Nancy, and associates Celese Gierhart and Morgan Lutz.
“All 4 of us have members of the family who’ve served, and the GI Invoice allowed our grandfather to get an schooling,” explains Nancy Dedman. “We’ve been taught to offer again to the nation that has given a lot to us.”
The Dedman teenagers are persevering with a practice of philanthropy that started with their grandparents, Nancy and the late Robert H. Dedman Sr., and has been embraced by their dad and mom, Rachael and Robert H. Dedman Jr.
The 4 founders of Serve Our Heroes are all present or former college students of the Hockaday Faculty, the place group service is woven all through all grades.
“Rising up in Dallas, I used to be pushed by my expertise at Hockaday and my dad and mom to get entangled in service,” Lutz says.
The younger girls acquired assist from the Communities Basis of Texas to register for nonprofit standing and create an account for donations, Gierhart says.
They’ve been fundraising by calling associates and Hockaday alumnae and selling on social media.
“At Hockaday, I used to be tremendous concerned in group service,” Gierhart says. “This has been a enjoyable option to keep involved with folks and keep concerned through the shutdown.”
Methods to assist
To study extra about Serve Our Heroes or to donate, go to serveourheroes.org.