West Columbia, S.C. – Calling all artists and writers! Lexington Medical Center is collecting homemade greeting cards for patients in the hospital. With a strict policy prohibiting visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, a greeting card can bring smiles to faces and cheer up members of our community in the hospital during this difficult time.
Lexington Medical Center is requesting cards with hope-filled, happy messages. The cards should be designed for all inpatients, not just individuals with COVID-19. Lexington Medical Center staff members will distribute the cards throughout the hospital and nurses will deliver them to patients’ rooms.
Designing cards can be a good activity for children during this time.
“Children need a way to express their concerns in a positive way. By thinking beyond themselves, they learn about empathy and discover their power to help their world instead of being stuck in what feels like an out of control situation to them,” said Donna Peele, MDiv, BCC, director of Pastoral Care at Lexington Medical Center.
Individuals who would like to bring cards to the hospital should place them in a sealed zipper storage bag. Tightly sealing the cards in a bag for 24 hours will kill germs on the cards that could have been transferred to patients or staff. Drop off the bags of cards at the South Entrance of the hospital at 2720 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. That’s the entrance at the front of the hospital complex along Highway 378. Upon arrival, call (803) 791 – 2901. A representative from Pastoral Care will pick up the cards from the car window.
Lexington Medical Center is thankful for all of the support and kindness it’s received as the hospital works to keep patients, staff and community members healthy and safe during this time.