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Former LSU Health Shreveport employee giving out ‘blessing boxes’ to help healthcare workers treating COVID patients

A former employee at LSU Health Shreveport is giving fellow healthcare workers "blessing boxes"...
A former employee at LSU Health Shreveport is giving fellow healthcare workers "blessing boxes" as they continue their fight against COVID-19.(LSU Health Shreveport)
Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 1:42 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2021 at 11:20 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - A former LSU Health Shreveport employee is giving back to fellow doctors and nurses as they help patients who are battling COVID-19 in the hospital.

Marti Glass was coordinator of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology when she retired in May after 13 years. Now she says she has a new purpose.

“Doctors and nurses have endured significantly more than usual. And their health, I’m sure, has suffered and their mental well-being,” she explained.

Glass calls her gifts “blessing boxes.”

It’s an idea sparked by simple conversation over the summer. And it came to fruition when the first baskets were delivered to the LSU COVID-19 strike team a few weeks ago.

The baskets come with notes and goodies.

“I decided to reach out to family, friends and ask them if they would be willing to write a note of encouragement to say whatever is on their heart,” Glass said.

Last Friday, Glass and her husband handed out about 20 baskets to Oshcner LSU health hospital staffers.

“Some of us read those words and a couple of us had tears in our eyes,” said Latoya Bradford, a general surgical unit clerk who received one.

It was an uplift they needed.

“That meant a lot to us being that been through so much this year dealing with COVID. And even though we weren’t the original COVID floor this year, it made us feel good that people care about us.”

Donations can be made to Marti Glass’ GoFundMe page.

If you’d like to send words of encouragement, you can do so by email to martimglass@gmail.com

A former employee at LSU Health Shreveport is giving fellow healthcare workers "blessing boxes"...
A former employee at LSU Health Shreveport is giving fellow healthcare workers "blessing boxes" as they continue their fight against COVID-19.(LSU Health Shreveport)
A former employee at LSU Health Shreveport is giving fellow healthcare workers "blessing boxes"...
A former employee at LSU Health Shreveport is giving fellow healthcare workers "blessing boxes" as they continue their fight against COVID-19.(LSU Health Shreveport)

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