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‘People have shown up’: Nurse’s plea for break room upgrade receives overwhelming community response

   October 20, 2021

After another tough weekend at work, Grace Brooks, a pediatric ICU nurse at Children's Minnesota had an idea.

She put out a call Sunday on her Nextdoor App asking neighbors and strangers if they would be interested in giving her unit’s hospital break room a little upgrade.

“If you have letters you want to write, art you want to make, or if you want to donate a gift card for us to buy a meal for people staying extra late,” she said. “I need to do something to boost morale.”

The response was overwhelming. Photographers offered up their work. Teachers have offered to have their students write letters or make artwork. Another woman offered to come in and give massages for staff. More than $1,000 in gift cards have come in so far.

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