ChristianaCare Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

ChristianaCare caregivers and their families marked the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15 by packing 3,000 personal supply kits for use by our neighbors in need.

Caregivers and volunteers worked together at ChristianaCare Union Hospital to pack supply kits.

Working in assembly lines at Wilmington Hospital, Christiana Hospital and ChristianaCare Union Hospital, volunteers packed toiletries, washcloths, personal care items and information about available resources. For those who participated in the events, hosted by ChristianaCare’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity, it was an opportunity to put Dr. King’s wise words – “Anybody can serve” – into practice.

“Reflecting on Dr. King’s dream of a world filled with love, understanding, and equality, we came together to give back to the communities we serve. We had a vision but without a team and resources it’s just a lofty goal,” said Natalie Torres, director of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity.

Natalie Torres, director of the ChristianaCare Office of Inclusion and Diversity, worked with caregivers at three locations to coordinate the day’s events.

“We are thankful for nearly 100 caregivers representing multiple states, campuses, departments and teams. They do this every day when no is watching. This is love. This is excellence. This is ChristianaCare.”

Torres credited ChristianaCare’s Supply Chain Department with making sure toiletries and other supplies were available at the three campus locations and also coordinating the pickup of donations.

The 3,000 personal care kits were donated to local community organizations in Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland, that work with unhoused and under-resourced communities, including the New Castle County Hope Center.