Devers Eye staff lend support to Chico Eye Center devastated by wildfires
For Judy Thompson, it wasn’t a question of ‘if’, but ‘how?’. A long-time glaucoma tech at Legacy’s Devers Eye Institute, she has been following the images and stories of devastation from the Camp Fire in and around the communities of Paradise, CA. She learned that Chico, CA, was a main staging area for supplies and volunteers seeking to help. She contacted Chico Eye Center and spoke to their clinic administrator, Andrew Gustafson.
“Right away he said they have reached out to all their vendors for eye medications, contact lens, supplies, and things they need for their patients. They have a satellite clinic in Paradise [CA] – they think the building is intact, but they cannot see patients there,” recalls Judy.
The idea for a care package blossomed. Judy, along with other Devers Eye Clinic staff began collecting and purchasing items and encouraging others to donate what they can. With an assortment of items including 40 fleece throw blankets, chocolate, emoji wrist bands, key chains, and a hand signed card from staff, the package is intended to bring hope and support from afar.
“Chico Eye Center looked up Devers Eye Institute and said their doctors know about some of our doctors and are known for their good work. The doctors are truly touched by us thinking about them,” adds Judy.
In the days and weeks to come, the recovery and rebuilding will continue for the communities affected.
Judy shared these words of encouragement, “In the bigger picture, we can learn from them and how they are taking care of themselves and their patients with this disaster. Maybe this will give ideas of kindness to others.”