Laurens Electric Cooperative’s December recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Staking Technician Jeff Satterfield, paid forward $500 to GHS Children’s Hospital.
Jeff’s granddaughter Aubree, age 6, was exposed to a staph infection earlier in 2017 and received “first class care and concern from the nurses, doctors, and staff at the hospital,” said Jeff.
Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System (GHS), located in Upstate South Carolina, cares for more than 330,000 infants, children, and adolescents each year.
Jeff said, “The entire time Aubree was at the hospital, doctors and nurses who weren’t even assigned to her spent time with her. They wanted to make sure Aubree knew they were there to take care of her.”
According to the Children’s Hospital web site, “Physicians, nurses, therapists and other clinicians approach patient care through the eyes of a child. From pediatric sized medical equipment to patient room decor, innovative care is delivered in a child friendly environment.”
“I have not witnessed the kind of care that she received anywhere else,” Jeff emphasized.
This final gift of 2017 marks $6,000 that Laurens Electric’s employees have paid forward this year to individuals in their communities, and local and national organizations.
Laurens Electric’s Pay It Forward program, begun in 2015, was born out of a desire to continue the good work of the 75 Acts of Kindness community initiative.
Every Laurens Electric Cooperative employee is entered into a random drawing to receive $500 to pay forward in any way they choose. Each month a new name is drawn, and the employee then has one month to apply the funds toward their own act of kindness.
This initiative is budget-neutral; the funds will come from Laurens Electric’s charity events, which employee volunteers make possible.