ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 18, 2016) – The Western North Carolina community has donated tons of supplies in recent days to the men and women fighting forest fires and now there’s an opportunity for the community to show its support with letters.
Fire crews have traveled to the Southeast from across the nation to help – giving up time with their families to serve a community in need. They would love to hear from the people of western North Carolina about how grateful the community is for the hard, and dangerous, work they are doing every day.
Mission Health will have special letter boxes at each of its member hospitals across the region where you can drop off a letter to thank a fire fighter.
Here’s how you can get involved.
- Write a letter or a card to a fire fighter expressing your thanks.
- Deposit the letter in a specially marked box at the Mission Health facilities listed below.
- Mission staff will deliver the letters to fire departments for distribution to those on the front lines.
Letter boxes are available in lobbies and cafeterias at the following Mission Health facilities:
- Angel Medical Center in Franklin
- Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine
- CarePartners in Asheville
- Highlands-Cashiers Hospital
- Mission Hospital in Asheville
- McDowell Hospital in Marion
- Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard
- Ridgefield Court
“We can’t say enough to thank the men and women who have traveled to western North Carolina to help our community in this time of tremendous need,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, Mission Health President and CEO. “We also want their families to know we are forever grateful for the time they are giving up with loved ones especially as we approach Thanksgiving. We hope these letters will reflect the thanks of a community forever in their debt.”
Supply donation boxes remain available at Mission Health member hospitals.
The supplies will be delivered to area fire departments for distribution to the men and women who working the forest fires.
The supply donation and letter collection operation will continue until it is no longer needed.
Fire fighters are working in extreme drought conditions. The dry weather, combined with the wind, sun and smoke, make hydration and skin protection a top priority for those on the front lines.
Top needs include:
- Eye drops
- Saline nasal spray
- Lip balm
- Pocket-size body lotion
- Individual packets of ibuprofen
- Energy bars
For a full list, please see the news announcement that was distributed on Tuesday.
Smoke from the fires continues to create poor air quality across the region. If you, or a family member, are suffering from symptoms related to the poor air quality, please consult a doctor.
Children, the elderly and those with conditions including asthma and COPD are most at risk.
Fire departments and county emergency managers are encouraged to call Mission Health Government and Community Relations with specific needs. The number is (828) 213-1221.
About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems from 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, becoming the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 10,700 employees and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.