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Chocolate, candy donations bring smiles to staff and patients at OHSU Health

See’s Candies lift the spirits of patients and front-line health care workers
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Nurses Karl Tutsch, left, and Sarah Edmiston grab some donated See's Candies during their shift at OHSU, April 10, 2020. The company donated 3,000 pounds of Easter candy to OHSU, Hillsboro Medical Center, and Adventist Health. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

The Easter Bunny came a little early this year for front-line health care workers and patients at OHSU Health.

See’s Candies donated 3,000 pounds of Easter candy to OHSU, Hillsboro Medical Center, formerly Tuality Healthcare, and Adventist Health. The company teamed up with Pacific Power and Rose City Moving to donate product from five of their retail locations in Washington and Oregon to various hospitals in the area. The candy will be delivered to those working on the front-line during this difficult time.

man wearing a medical mask, pushing a pallet full of See's candies up a ramp as he unloads a truck
Jacob Tomey of Rose City Moving helps unload pallets candy at the OHSU warehouse. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

“Oregon has been my home for most of my life. See’s is thrilled to support front-line hospital workers and health care professionals,” said Pat Egan, CEO of See’s Candies. “We all need a little more joy at this time, and one of the things I say to our See’s teams all the time is: our job is to bring joy. While we aren’t selling candy out of our stores right now, we are finding ways to bring joy. We don’t add preservatives to our product, so we can’t just store this in a warehouse for next Easter. It’s fresh like bread, so we’re thrilled this will go to patients, nurses, doctors and the front-line health care workers who are working so hard right now.”

Egan says the company strongly support workers on the front line and those in need, and recognizes the importance of their hard work and commitment to keeping our communities safe.  

“We are so grateful to See’s Candies for this sweet donation,” said Joe Hardman, M.D., chief medical officer of Hillsboro Medical Center. “It means a great deal to our staff, and to our patients, to know that people are thinking of us right now.”




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