The late night staff at the Guam Memorial Hospital was in for a treat on Christmas Eve.
The Guam Memorial Hospital Authority Volunteer Association, which regularly delivered donated and purchased meals in April and December to the hospital’s night staff, stepped up its game.
“Our association president Christine Calvo wanted to change things up a bit for Christmas Eve. We were hesitant at first about asking our members if they would be interested in cooking for the staff because everyone has family obligations,” said Anna Pangelinan, chairwoman of the food committee. “But the response? Wow.”
Pangelinan said that within an hour, the volunteers chimed in and signed up for everything asked for, plus more. The GMH Volunteers Association overall mission is to help the hospital, but even the association leadership was amazed at the response.
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The menu included kalua turkey, red rice, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, stuffing, cranberry sauce and many other items made with love. Pangelinan was thrilled with the way things have progressed.
“On Christmas Eve when most families are gathered around the Christmas tree or at church, hospital staff will leave their families to come to work where they are needed because for them, patient care is paramount most especially during this pandemic,” said Pangelinan. “So to all you wonderful and loving ladies who will be cooking delicious meals on Christmas Eve, I extend a big thank you and a grateful heart for all that you do to show our appreciation to the heroes at our local hospital.”
GMH Volunteer Association members Felice Meeks, left and Anna Pangelinan stand in front of the loading area at the Guam Memorial Hospital after delivering food.
The association was gifted $260,000 by the Ysrael family in April to use to assist the hospital for materials and equipment, with a special request that some be used for food. In April, the association worked with Infusion to deliver meals to GMH twice a week. McDonalds has also donated sandwiches and coffee, which the association also delivered.
Pangelinan said that all public health guidelines will be strictly followed for the meal preparation, packaging and delivery.Calvo and her husband, former Gov. Eddie Calvo, were set to deliver the food at 10 p.m.
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Pangelinan said she was humbled by the process.
“Just a couple nights ago, I had two or three volunteers call me, asking what they could do to help. I felt bad telling them that we already had enough,” she said. “This group is so willing to help, and do what they can do to make things a little better at the hospital. It was fun to organize this beautiful, yummy meal for hospital staff.”