Larica Hofhenke of Iroquois said she was touched deeply by reports of doctors and nurses struggling to care for patients in hospitals — especially in New York — during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her thoughts went to doctors and nurses throughout Huron who were facing the same fears and challenges.
Was there something she could do to show appreciation for their efforts to save lives?
Working as a production floor supervisor at LSI, Inc. in Alpena, Hofhenke said the constant hand washing and sanitizing required in her industry left her hands dry and cracked. Could it be the same for health care workers?
“That is kind of what made me start thinking about what we can do for them,” said Hofhenke, who is also an independent Avon sales representative.
Hofhenke put together a care package of Avon moisturizing lotion, shower gel and lip balm, along with a few Hershey kisses and a thank you card, then invited the community to help her shower all of the doctors and nurses at Huron Regional Medical Center and the clinics with the gift bags.
The gift bags are available for $5 each. So far, she has put together 127 gift bags, with a goal of having 200 gift bags ready to deliver to HRMC yet this summer.
“I’m not making any money on it,” she said. “If we can go above and beyond, I’ll hand them out to other ones like lab techs and aids.
“I’m very pleased with how well it’s gone,” Hofhenke said. “I received a donation check from a lady in New Mexico and one from a lady in Minnesota. A lot of people have thanked me for doing this.
“I just felt we have to do something to let these people know we appreciate what they’re doing for our community,” she said.
Those who want to get involved can contact Hofhenke at 350-7567.