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Passing it On

News Channel 3, the local CBS television station in Memphis, has a regular segment called “Pass it On,” where people submit the names of co-workers, friends or loved ones who are going through a difficult time. One of the station’s meteorologists makes a surprise visit to the person in need and gives hundreds of dollars, some from Channel 3 and some from anonymous donors. Earlier this week, one of our team members – Ashley Campbell – was a Pass it On recipient.

Ashley and her five children are recovering from the sudden death of her 38-year-old husband, and times have been tough. A family friend called News Channel 3 for help. When the station asked us for permission to visit Ashley at work, we wanted to help, as well.

An anonymous donor to the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation made a special contribution that allowed us to give Ashley even more money to help her and her children through this difficult time. It was our pleasure to present her with the Baptist Foundation’s contribution along with the money she received from the station and its anonymous donor.

Helping team members in need is a priority for us. Every year, our Baptist Foundation gives tens of thousands of dollars to team members who need assistance with everything from funeral costs to utility bills. We also offer CONCERN, a free employee assistance program that provides counseling for Baptist team members and everyone in their household. A number of team members have also benefited from our Centers for Good Grief, which offer free grief counseling and camps to those who have recently lost loved ones.

If you are going through a tough time, please know that you’re not alone. We can help you. All you have to do is ask.

For more information about the Baptist Foundation’s Employee Emergency Assistance Fund, please contact your facility’s pastoral care department or call the Foundation at 901-227-7123. For more information on CONCERN, click here, and you can learn more about the Centers for Good Grief here. You can watch the “Pass it On” story here.

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