Nurses at Reed City, Big Rapids hospitals donate winter wear

More than a dozen bags collected for Project Starburst, United Way

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Those in need of a warm coat, hat or scarf this winter will be able to get one, thanks to the nursing staff at Spectrum Health Reed City and Big Rapids hospitals.

Throughout December, the nursing leadership hosted a coat drive at both hospitals, collecting donations from team members. After giving employees an opportunity to select a warm winter item if they needed one, the rest was donated to Project Starburst and the Mecosta-Osceola United Way.

“We got a very good return in both Big Rapids and Reed City,” said Erin Griffes, director of nursing for Reed City and Big Rapids hospitals. “There were about nine or 10 bags in Big Rapids, and in Reed City, there were four or five bags worth, which is kind of equal to the amount of staff that are at those places.”

Like other hospitals, Reed City and Big Rapids hospitals have been dealing with an increase of patients and staffing issues due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Griffes said the nursing leadership tries to do a morale-booster event each month “just to keep us all going.”

“This year's been very long, and we're just trying to rally some positive things for our staff,” she said. “(It’s) very nice to see the employees come and support other employees and then also support our community.”