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Rotary Club Of Ponte Vedra Brings Smiles, Pizza To Frontline Baptist South Workers

Photo provided by Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra
Baptist Medical Center South staff were treated to pizza Tuesday evening.

Baptist Medical Center South is among the Jacksonville hospitals swamped with COVID-19 patients, with some staff pulling double or even triple shifts to treat everyone.

Credit Photo provided by Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra
Photo provided by Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra

Tuesday night the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra, along with theOneJax Institute at the University of North Florida, helped organize pizza deliveries for the staff.

Rotary member, organizer and Nocatee resident Bob Wiltfong told WJCT News his club’s effort is consistent with one of Rotary’s core tenets of “service above self.”

Club Community Service Chair Denny Baldwin said it was an easy sales pitch to his fellow club members in Ponte Vedra.

“As soon as we put the word out about this effort we were flooded with donations from our members. We want the medical personnel on the frontlines of this COVID surge to know we see them, we appreciate them and we will do whatever necessary to support them," he said. 

Credit Photo provided by Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra

Wiltfong said more deliveries are planned, and the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra is soliciting donations. For now, Wiltfong is accepting donations using his personal accounts, which are @Bob-Wiltfong for Venmo and for PayPal.

On Tuesday, Baptist Health reported 534 patients with the virus at its five Jacksonville-area hospitals, including 125 in intensive care, spokeswoman Cindy Hamilton told WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.