ThedaCare employee leads drive to donate totes filled with care items

The generosity from community members is helping ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin cancer patients feel more comfortable while battling the disease.

ThedaCare employee Karen Murkley, who sells Thirty-One products with Kari Clark, donated 55 Thirty-One totes filled with different items for cancer patients.

After watching Clark, the daughter of ThedaCare employee Kathy Beier, donate 23 totes last year to the oncology department, Murkley was inspired to do even more this year. She reached out to others on a Facebook Thirty-One VIP group page and through some friends via email.

The response was more than she expected.

“This brought the community together and people stepped up with donations,” said Murkley, who works in the walk-in clinic at ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin. “We had 55 filled totes donated by our customers, my co-workers at ThedaCare and our family and friends. Nothing feels better than giving from the heart.”

The Thirty-One totes are filled with a variety of donated items, including handmade hats and mittens, lotion, soft socks, handmade lip balm, crossword puzzle books, notecards and snacks. A friend of Clark’s also crocheted hats for the totes.

Subway gift cards were added to each tote since Murkley said, “who wants to cook after a chemo treatment?” Bloch’s Greenhouse also provided a gift certificate for each tote bag.
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