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Notes of Encouragement Update & New Request

5-14-20

The Notes of Encouragement were such a blessing to the healthcare workers at INOVA Alexandria Hospital.  We delivered well over 100 notes of encouragement, as well as a bunch of Girl Scout cookies.  Thank you so much Andrew Chapel friends for making this possible!

We have another opportunity to send notes and cards to the COVID-19 Unit at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.  ACUMC member, Katy Page, has a nurse who lives in her neighborhood that works the nightshift in the COVID-19 Unit.  When Katy asked if our church could help in any way, the nurse said notes and cards would be great.  So, let’s do this once again, Andrew Chapel!

Katy is happy to take in cards and notes for the next two weeks – May 15 through May 29.  You can deliver them in 3 different ways.  Option one, you can drop them off at the church Tuesdays or Thursdays between 12 pm and 2 pm.  Ring the doorbell on the office side of the building and we will be happy to receive them.  Options 2 and 3, you can either drop them off in a bin that will be on Katy Page’s doorstep or mail them to her at 10202 Chesnut Oak Court, Vienna, Va, 22182.

We will also be delivering pizzas to the staff of the COVID-19 Unit in addition to the notes and cards!
This is yet another great way for us to BE the church during these trying times by supporting those who are on the front lines and are working very hard under difficult circumstances.
For further information or questions, please email Katy Page at glovmama@aol.com.

4-24-20:

Wow!  Andrew Chapel, you are just amazing!  In the past week and a half, we have delivered well over 100 notes of encouragement, as well as a bunch of Girl Scout cookies to some very appreciative healthcare workers!  Here’s a note from Emily:
WOW WOW WOW!!!!!! I just received an amazing amount of cards for the healthcare workers and burst into tears from the words of hope, encouragement, and love that our friends sent from ACUMC. What an incredible thing to wake up to from a long night shift in the ICU!!! 
 
What a wonderful Easter blessing and I can’t wait to share them at the intensive care unit huddle tomorrow morning!!
With SO MUCH LOVE in my heart,
Emily
 It was such a blessing to these nurses and staff, that we’ve been asked if we can do the same thing for Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medstar, who apparently have not been thought of in this way during the pandemic.  Knowing what a wonderful giving congregation we have, I enthusiastically said yes!  Here’s the information:

Greg Reyes
Surgical ICU

Johns Hopkins Hospital
Zayed Building Main Entrance
1800 Orleans Street

Baltimore, MD 21287
Medstar Nurses
c/o Joan Bardsley
1123 Riva Ridge Drive
Great Falls, VA 22066

As some of you may know, May 6-12 is National Nurses Week so what better way to express our appreciation than by these wonderful notes of encouragement! As before, they can be in any format you like, with whatever you have at home (no need to go out and buy something) – a card, a notecard, a piece of paper, a drawing, pictures colored by your kids (they always make people smile!), something printed from your computer, really anything that you want it to be.  Again, this is a wonderful opportunity for us at Andrew Chapel to truly BE the church during this difficult time when so many of us can’t think of concrete ways to help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Alison Combes (4alisoncombes@gmail.com).
THANK YOU!!!

We probably all know at least one person who is on the front lines fighting this devastating virus but wanted to let you know that one of our own former youth, Emily Swedo Hagedorn, is among those people.  She is a nurse at Inova Alexandria and says that it’s very hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel as the virus barrels onwards.  We asked her if there was anything Andrew Chapel could do and she said that encouragement and words of hope would mean the world right now – hence our “Notes of Encouragement” campaign.

If you are in a position to do so, please take a moment to write a note of hope and encouragement to all the medical staff at Inova Alexandria.  It can be in any format you like, with whatever you have at home (no need to go out and buy something) – a card, a note card, a piece of paper, a drawing, pictures colored by your kids (they always make people smile!), something printed from your computer, really anything that you want it to be.  Alison Combes has volunteered to deliver them to the hospital next week so if you could get it in the mail to her as soon as possible, it would be greatly appreciated. Her address is 10818 Fawn Drive, Great Falls, VA 22066.  Please label it “Notes of Encouragement” c/o Alison Combes.  If you would rather Alison pick it up directly from you, she is happy to do that also.  Just send her an email at 4alisoncombes@gmail.com when it’s ready for pickup.

This is a wonderful opportunity for us at Andrew Chapel to truly BE the church during this difficult time when so many of us can’t think of concrete ways to help.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Dee Leggett (deeleggett@aol.com) or Alison Combes (4alisoncombes@gmail.com).

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