DENVER SURVIVORS RAISE $37k TO HAND DELIVER GIFTS TO FIRST RESPONDERS.
DENVER SURVIVORS RAISE $37k TO HAND DELIVER GIFTS TO FIRST RESPONDERS.

Gratitude is a funny thing.  It’s often hard to find the words, the gifts, or the gestures that can adequately express thanks for a kindness extended or experienced.  And for survivors of the One October shooting, this couldn’t be truer.  How do you thank someone for literally saving your life and the lives of hundreds who were injured in the country’s worst mass shooting?

Yet on December 8, a group of survivors from Denver found the perfect way to do just that.  They arrived in Las Vegas to deliver 75 “thank you” baskets to first responders in our city.  The group, with help from family and friends, raised more than $37,000 to create the baskets and personally deliver them to employees of both UMC and Valley Hospital.

James L. Holtz, BSN, MAOM-HCA, Administrative Director of Critical Care Services at Valley Hospital Medical Center, was especially touched by the groups’ visit.

“It was overwhelming, and it really hit our collective hearts. Their gift baskets are greatly appreciated. Our emergency staff working the night of the October 1 shooting are forever changed. And to have a group of survivors of that horrific night come back to Las Vegas and thank us was just amazing.”

Photo: Gift basket delivery to Valley Hospital – courtesy of Valley Hospital

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