MINNESOTA, USA — KARE 11 and Hy-Vee are teaming up since early February for Hope for Healthcare, where a different hospital in a different city each week will receive 500 meals and cards thanks to Hy-Vee and our viewers!
The campaign began with hospital visits over four consecutive Wednesdays in February, but was later expanded to four additional weeks at four more hospitals during the month of March.
After Deevon Rahming reported on a story that our healthcare workers are overworked, understaffed, and losing hope after nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, KARE 11 anchor Chris Hrapsky asked our viewers for help. More than 1,500 KARE 11 viewers responded to a Facebook post with comments of hope and support, that have now been turned into real cards to be handed to healthcare workers, along with a free meal!
With the help of Hy-Vee, these cards will be delivered along with free lunches to healthcare heroes in Minnesota.
Check out some of the KARE 11 viewers messages that will be shared with Minnesota health care workers in the coming weeks in the gallery below:
GALLERY: Hope for Healthcare messages
And check out the original Facebook post that inspired the Hope for Healthcare effort, and add your messages of support for Minnesota's healthcare community.
Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus
HyVee and KARE 11 visited Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus in Fridley on Wednesday, Feb. 16:
Hope for Healthcare - Week 2
HyVee and KARE 11 visited Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Wednesday, Feb. 23:
Hope for Healthcare - Week 3
HyVee and KARE 11 visited Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater on Wednesday, March 2:
Hope for Healthcare - Week 4
North Memorial Hospital
HyVee and KARE 11 visited North Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, March 9:
Hope for Healthcare - Week 5
KARE 11 teamed up with HyVee to provide meals to the dedicated night crew at United Hospital in St. Paul.
Hope for Healthcare - Week 6
In week 7 of Hope for Healthcare, KARE 11 teamed up with HyVee to provide meals and messages of appreciation to the dedicated health care crews at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Hope for Healthcare Week 7 - Methodist Hospital
Hennepin County Medical Center
That's a wrap! KARE 11 partnered with Hyvee across the months of February and March to send 4,000 meals and viewer messages of appreciation to healthcare workers across the metro — including 500 meals delivered to the nightshift today at Hennepin County Medical Center. Thank you to those who contributed messages of support.