MN Moment: Care Package Pipeline from Minnesota to Las Vegas

October 16, 2017 10:57 PM

One-hundred-thirty-five care packages are on their from Minnesota to Las Vegas, headed to the hospital that took in the people most severely hurt in the Oct. 1 mass shooting.

The Twin Cities woman behind the effort proves anyone can help – even when you're feeling helpless.


"I can't necessarily be there to touch them and feel them and help them on the spot, but at least I can let them know that we here are thinking about them," said Jilleen Malobicky, a surgical technologist at HealthPartners.

Malobicky works in the operating room and knew her counterparts at University Medical Center in Las Vegas could use some encouragement. So she rallied coworkers to put together care packages, and soon businesses started donating their products. They include Honeycrisp apples, cupcakes from Nadia Cakes and even pillows from MyPillow.

Malobicky calls it Minnesota love.

"We just want them to know that we think about them from here. When you work in an (operating room), you're a family, whether it's this OR or the OR next door, or all the way across the country," Malobicky said.

Malobicky wants to recognize OR staff in particular because she knows their important work can sometimes be overlooked.


Zach Tecklenburg

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