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The Kansas City Star: For KC nurses on coronavirus’ front lines, a cookie train provides spark in morale

By Souichi Terada

Amid a stressful and unprecedented time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City wanted to send some positivity, no matter how small … or tasty.

It started off as a small-scale operation, a group of five nurses pooling together some money. They sent cookies to different units at the University of Kansas Hospital, said Melissa Jackson, a charge nurse at Children’s Mercy.

They figured the nurses at an adult hospital were much busier than they were at a pediatric hospital, so a boost in morale wouldn’t hurt. The ensuing sugar rush was just another perk.

“We feel like it’s hitting the adult ICUs harder than us,” Jackson said. “It’s just pretty cool, we as nurses, even though we’re at separate hospitals, are trying to show our support during this time.”

But the cookies didn’t stop there.

Once Kara Purdum, a KU nurse working in the COVID-19 intensive care unit, and others found out about the cookies, they wanted to pay it forward. They got their own batch from Insomnia Cookies and sent it to Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.

Saint Luke’s then got cookies for nurses at AdventHealth Kansas City, who then provided North Kansas City Hospital nurses with the goods.

What started as a small act of kindness turned into a cookie train, making its way to different local hospitals — one cookie at a time.


Read the full story via The Kansas City Star

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