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A Year-Long Commitment Has A Life-Long Impact

Charles Spring's Efforts Helped Change Lives

Bit by bit, one empty water bottle at a time, Charles Spring of Environmental Services made a difference in the lives of people he doesn’t even know.  After a year-long effort, Charles donated two full grocery carts to the Interfaith Food Shelf.

It was during the Christmas holiday that he conceived the idea to help those less fortunate. “I’m not a particularly religious man but I just felt as if showing “good will toward men and women” was the right thing to do. 

Charles has worked on the Behavioral Health Unit for two years and he sees firsthand how some struggle to have even the basic necessities of life. As part of his daily routine, he contributes to the wellbeing of patients and making an extra effort to help others beyond the unit was a simple decision.

It started with an empty bottle of water. A year later, after collecting 7,400 bottles, Charles and his friend spent an evening in Walmart filling two carts with food. “It was a pretty long receipt when we were done, he said stretching his arms wide apart in demonstration.  “We purchased simple items – things everyone could use,” he explained.  The $370 was used frugally and with an eye on helping as many as possible.

Charles said that as he was delivering his donated goods, he was amazed at the number of people using the food shelf. It became apparent that what he was doing would help many in his community. “Some people have so much and others don’t,” he added.

Empathy can take many forms.  In healthcare, it’s a vital component to excellent patient care and a nurturing work environment.  For Charles, it’s a deliberate decision to lend a helping hand.