Nurse's gift to MGH creates ripple effect
CHARLOTTE, NC (WHDH) -- Since the Boston Marathon bombing many have come forward to help those affected, including a nurse in North Carolina. She made a simple gesture to her fellow nurses, in Boston.
What she didn't realize is that it would create a ripple effect after those in Boston decided to pay it forward.
As the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing played out on TV screens around the country, Charlotte intensive care nurse Nancy James felt for the victims, but she also empathized with her fellow nurses and doctors 700 miles to the north.
"What would we do if we were in their shoes?" Nancy James asked.
Not able to help in person, James decided to help in spirit and she enlisted her colleagues at Carolinas Healthcare System.
"We do a morning huddle every day and I asked during the huddle, if anyone would be interested in donating a few dollars so we could order lunch for any ICU up in Boston,” said James.
But a few dollars wound up being $126 and James ordered pizzas last Saturday to be delivered to the ICU at Mass General Hospital.
"They were overwhelmed by the fact that we were doing this,” said James.
So much so, that the Mass General staff paid the move forward.
Mindful of last week's explosion in West, Texas, they bought lunch and dinner for their ICU colleagues at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, the destination for more than two dozen victims of that blast.
"I can't believe that they were able to look beyond what they were going through and find it in their hearts to do this for someone else,” said James.
Word of that gesture spurred yet another. A Dallas area restaurateur flew to Boston Tuesday to bring a BBQ and rib lunch to more than 200 emergency room doctors at Mass General.
A wheel of generosity that began turning from one basic notion.
"We need to try to be good to others because it's the right thing to do,” said James.
James didn't know all of the ways other staffs paid it forward until later that week.