There are 160 members of the St. Charles Parish Women’s Club, and many of them recently banded together to surprise over 500 health care workers in the parish with treat bags and king cakes.
“We stretched our funds as far as we could to put a smile on the faces of hard working people who are sacrificing every day to serve the people in St. Charles Parish,” Tyrell Cornwell, the club’s president, said. “We were able to display our appreciation to approximately 587 care givers, pharmacists, paramedics, medical workers and others in perinate positions in St. Charles Parish. These are the people that medically make our lives safe.”
Cornwell said that each member who chose to participate sponsored as many bags as they wanted to. Treat bags filled with heart shaped cookies, chocolates, masks, mask lanyards and various candies were passed out to 300 employees at St. Charles Parish Hospital, workers at the Destrehan and Boutte Urgent Care locations and to each parish pharmacy.
Each bag also contained a hand-written card or note from the club member who had sponsored the bag.
“That was my favorite part,” Cornwell said, adding club members made a concerted effort to keep all of the money they spent on the bag’s items in the parish by purchasing from local stores and The Cookie Experience by Anne Schexnaydre in Norco.
The king cakes that the club handed out to the parish’s assisted living and care center employees came from Take Away Doughnuts in Boutte.
“We wanted to give back to say ‘thank you,’” Cornwell said of the club effort to surprise the health care workers. “There’s just so much that they’re doing. We enjoyed seeing the smiles and surprise on the faces of the workers. We wanted to reach everyone who makes it work.”