It all started at the May 15 Coffee With the Mayor when Dr. Shamsher Singh, acting as Honorary Mayor of Fort Pierce for the day, challenged the community to raise funds for HANDS of St. Lucie County as his first order of business, saying he would match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.
The donation phone line at HANDS lit up and within days, the challenge had been met. But the story goes far beyond raising that initial $10,000 and subsequent challenges. The call to action hit the hearts of many, including both current and former patients.
One current patient donated $5 saying, “I know it’s not much, but it’s all I have and I want to help.” When she learned that her five had become ten and that the value of that $10 would provide $98 in services to HANDS patients, she cried tears of joy.
Many former patients joined the bandwagon, wanting to see to the continuation of this free clinic. One such patient came back to tell her story of success, explaining that she owed her life to the doctors and surgeons at HANDS. Then she presented Dr. Andrew Passeri, executive director, with a check for $1,000.
Because of Dr. Singh’s challenge, many in the community have learned for the first time about the services offered by HANDS of St. Lucie County. Local CEOs, business owners and elected officials have taken time out of their busy schedules to visit and tour the facilities. Florida State Representative Larry Lee, Jr. donated his state salary for the month of May.
Webster’s definition of synergy is “the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts.” Next to that it should also say, “HANDS of St. Lucie County.”
Thank you all for your generosity. Between May 15 and June 15, 2015, more than $56,485 was raised, equating to $553,554.47 in services to our patients.