Myron Moore knows that giving keeps the Good Samaritan moving forward during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since April, Moore and hundreds of other donors across the United States have rallied together to help the Society and Sanford Health rise to the challenge. Donations to the Employee Crisis Funds and Emerging Threats Funds help frontline workers and protects residents’ wellbeing.
“Giving provides critical dollars so staff can provide for themselves and their families during difficult times,” says Moore, administrator of Good Samaritan – Canton in Canton, S.D.
He should know. He’s also a donor.
While the Foundation’s funds for employees are not new, their impact is certainly easier to see. Society employees have received a lifeline from these funds during the COVID–19 pandemic for urgent needs such as rent and utilities.
“These are unusual times,” Moore said. “The 50,000-plus employees that make up the Society and Sanford Health family are blessed to work for a corporation that values its employees in this way.” The Good Samaritan and Sanford Health united in 2019 to expand the delivery of care at all stages of life.
Life in the new normal
The unusual times extend to residents too.
“Since the onset of COVID-19, daily life for our residents and staff has changed considerably,” Moore said. “The visitor restrictions prohibiting residents from having in-person visits have been, in my opinion, the hardest.”
Moore says that the past six months have been tough. Despite the challenges, residents continue to receive excellent care in the new normal thanks to the Society’s dedicated employees and donors. Canton community members have donated meals for staff and flowers to brighten residents’ living spaces, for example.
“What gives me hope is that we have an awesome team of staff members that have been dedicated and committed to pull together to help make sure the residents’ needs are met," Moore said.
“The biggest challenges have been keeping up with the ever-changing rules, guidelines and flow of information related to COVID-19,” he said. “What gives me hope is that we have an awesome team of staff members that have been dedicated and committed to pull together to help make sure the residents’ needs are met.”
Moore says that community support keeps many of these employees going. From donating funds, hand sanitizer and cloth masks to face shields and other PPE, the Canton community has been “awesome.”
“There is no way that I can express how grateful and thankful we are for the outpouring of support,” he said. “I would encourage everyone to give financially. Every gift helps.”
Moore has been with the Society as a certified nursing assistant, department manager and now administrator for 24 years. He lives with his wife and two very spoiled cats in Sioux Falls, S.D.