PDA Letter Article

Missouri Valley Chapter Donates to Local Hospitals

by Brianna Kempker, Steris Corporation

All the members of the PDA Missouri Valley Chapter were very excited for the upcoming meetings, speakers, and networking events that 2020 had to offer! Unfortunately, 2020 had different plans.

Due to the social distancing circumstances we have all encountered as a result from COVID-19, we were unable to get together to make any of this happen. With the world suddenly changing day by day before our eyes, the Missouri Valley board members knew we wanted to help in any way we could.

After some researching, it was decided we wanted to offer a lending hand to hospital organizations in different cities throughout our chapter. With the selection of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, and the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in St. Louis, MO, our chapter donated $2,500 to each organization.

It was important our donation touched the lives of all different age groups and walks of life. These donations helped these organizations fund additional meals, hygiene products, and personal protective equipment needed due to the sudden increase of patients from COVID-19.

While the Missouri Valley Chapter is always looking for ways to help our community through this pandemic, we were very happy we could start here.

About the Author

Brianna KempkerBrianna Kempker attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry. While completing my degree, I interned for STERIS Corporation, where I initially started involvement in the PDA Missouri Valley Chapter. After a few years in the food and beverage industry, I was able to find my way back to STERIS and am currently the Account Manager for STERIS Formulated Chemistries in the Midwest. I resumed my role as the Social Outreach Coordinator and have been so happy to be involved again. In this role, I assist with planning social networking events as well as charitable activities that help our local communities and promote STEM education.