La Crosse nurses organize event to help homeless suffering from COVID-19 shelter restrictions
Written by Kaitlyn Riley on August 29, 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic poses yet another concern for the homeless community.
Registered Nurse Katie Kramer helps with the medical specialty unit in La Crosse that serves many of the homeless population, people with behavioral health concerns, or those struggling with addiction.
“Most of our shelters here in town are only able to operate at a much lower capacity due to the COVID-19 regulations, and they have a lot less access to potential resources,” Kramer said.
That’s why she and her colleagues got together to create the Hearts in the Park event. Scheduled for Sept. 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army parking lot, Hearts in the Park will offer an opportunity to help those who need medical aid. Anyone wishing to help can make monetary donations, or drop off supplies such as hygiene products, medical kits, winter clothes, food, and more during the event.
“These people need more love now more than ever,” Kramer said. “We appreciate all of the support from the La Crosse community, the hospital volunteers, and contributing organizations. With your help, we can bring this love and aid to all of the hearts in the park.”