Their own special treatment during current pandemic ...

Staff at Gundersen Health System Medical and Eye Clinic in Waukon received their own special dose of treatment when they arrived to work Monday morning, March 22 as they were greeted by some special messages chalked on to the clinic’s entrance sidewalk over the weekend. A pair of elementary-age cousins, Braelyn Zuercher and Mila Mathis of Waukon, provided the messages, making the most of getting out of the house during a time when their schools are closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak to write and draw colorful messages with sidewalk chalk that included such sentiments as “Doctors and nurses are superheroes!” and “Thank you, have a good day,” along with smiley faces, hearts and other drawings and short messages of appreciation and thoughtfulness in an effort to brighten the day of some of the local healthcare providers who find themselves on the frontlines of the current battle against COVID-19.

The two girls shared that they wanted to do something like this “to put a smile on people’s faces and make them happy.” Reports from staff members say the girls’ act of kindness did exactly that, as many were reported as, indeed, having smiles on their faces while also having tears of heartfelt appreciation of their own streaming down their faces after seeing the chalked messages.

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