Texas Children’s Volunteers salute staff in The Woodlands

Volunteers at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands recently staged three pep rallies to honor frontline employees and recognize their heroic work during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been looking for ways to support Texas Children’s staff and providers since the beginning of COVID-19 and brainstormed ways to have safe and socially distanced pep rallies for staff and providers.

On November 17, volunteers cheered employees as they arrived, greeting them with cowbells, noisemakers and signs of appreciation and encouragement. The Woodlands High School band drumline performed, adding music and excitement to the event. Social distancing practices were in place, with participants wearing masks and volunteers standing on hearts drawn on the sidewalk. The Woodlands High School drumline performed across the street from the pep rally.

Physicians and staff were thrilled with the event, cheering the pep rally team, smiling, and dancing to the upbeat music. Volunteers expressed their excitement after the event, saying how much they missed their time at the hospital and how uplifted they felt by the staff’s response to the pep rally. Texas Children’s Volunteers also held pep rallies for night and weekend shifts on November 12 and November 14.