Straley Realty & Auctioneers, Inc. and Keister & Baker Law joined together on Thursday to donate around 100 pizzas to healthcare workers at Van Wert Health. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Straley Realty & Auctioneers, Inc. and Keister & Baker Law joined together on Thursday to donate around 100 pizzas to healthcare workers at Van Wert Health. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – On Thursday, nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals were treated to a surprise when around 100 Pizza Hut pizzas were donated to Van Wert Health.

The donation was made possible by a joint collaboration between Straley Realty & Auctioneers, Inc. and Keister & Baker Law.

Warren Straley of Straley Realty noted that the companies wanted to do something special for healthcare workers who have been on the front-lines of the global COIVD-19 pandemic for many months.

"They are helping right now and giving their time," said Straley. "My wife is in healthcare as well. We know what it's like–it's tough. So we just wanted to say 'thank you.'"

Straley noted that the group also had donated to the Paudling County Hospital recently and wanted to give back in Van Wert as well.

Van Wert Health's Director of Patient and Community Relations Ellen Rager said that donations like this show healthcare workers that the community appreciates them.

"We are now entering into the 10th month of dealing with the COVID pandemic, and I love timing of this–this is really a great pick-me-up for our staff to let them know how appreciated they are," said Rager. "All of the extra work it takes to care for patients during a global pandemic is astronomical."

Having a meal provided to them is one less thing healthcare workers have to worry about during their day as they care for patients.

Rager said that COVID has been awful but that the community has been very supportive and that healthcare workers have received other similar donations.

"There is so much beauty that has come out of COVID," said Rager in reference to the community support during the pandemic. "Being surrounded by the community and all of the notes that we get and all of the donations have been really heart-warming."

Pizzas were delivered to day shift at the Van Wert Health main hospital and to the north facility. In addition, more pizzas were delivered to night shift around 10 p.m. on Thursday at the main hospital.