Pam Medina walked into the break room at the hospital and saw her colleague digging around in a box of baby clothes. At first, she couldn’t work out why – and then she discovered the shocking explanation.
The nurse rummaging through the box was Sara Putnam. She and her co-worker Pam Medina worked at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, and their story is a touching one.
It all started on what seemed like a perfectly normal day at work. However, Medina then stumbled across Putnam in the staff room looking through a pile of baby clothes that had been donated to the hospital.
Medina couldn’t understand why Putnam was doing this – until Putnam explained the surprising reason for her actions. It turned out that Putnam had recently learned that she was about to welcome a baby into her home, and the child in question wasn’t hers.
In fact, Putnam had been given custody of her granddaughter, but the decision had taken her completely by surprise. Consequently, baby Isabella, who was only a few weeks old at the time, was moving in much sooner than she ever expected.
So Putnam had been digging around for some donated baby clothes for Isabella, as she hadn’t been expecting the new arrival. However, when Medina saw what her colleague was doing, she couldn’t help but become involved.
“I told her to stop that and that I would find what she needed,” Medina told Richmond news channel WTVR-TV. She couldn’t bear to see her friend and co-worker struggling to provide for the baby.
Then Medina had an amazing idea. She didn’t simply go and buy a baby outfit or two for her friend. Instead, she went and did something on a much larger scale than that.
Medina decided that she’d seek some help from a few friends. So she took to Facebook, found various moms’ groups and posted Putnam’s story. “I explained her sudden need and that she was a hard-working woman,” Medina told WTVR.
The responses to her posts were incredible. Indeed, so many people were willing to help the nurse that Medina ended up driving all over the area to pick up donated items, each of them destined for Putnam’s granddaughter.
It wasn’t just the odd baby toy, either. “I picked up two strollers, a rock ’n’ play, a baby swing set, a ton of clothes and bottles,” Medina revealed. Indeed, the community pulled together to give Putnam everything she might need.
Then it was time for the big reveal. Firstly, Medina headed to the hospital where Putnam was working that day. Secondly, she coaxed her friend out into the parking lot under a false pretense.
In fact, Medina told her friend that she’d found a stroller and wanted help getting it from the car. So the two nurses headed outside, only to see Medina’s husband holding a cell phone, ready to record what was about to happen.
He subsequently hit record, and Medina opened the car boot to show Putnam what was inside. Putnam’s jaw dropped. “Oh my God! What have you done?” she cried. Then Medina explained exactly what she’d been up to.
Putnam burst into tears, clearly overwhelmed by the kindness of her friend and the generosity of all the strangers who’d donated items. The two nurses subsequently shared a big hug before Putnam turned to the camera.
At that point, she stopped and said, “Thank you everybody!” waving into the lens with a huge smile on her face. Medina then explained how she still had even more baby stuff to pick up for her friend.
It seemed, too, that neither nurse could believe the reaction to Medina’s Facebook post. Medina told WTVR that she was “still overwhelmed by the response of folks who did not know [her] and did not know [Isabella].”
“It makes me get really emotional now,” Medina continued. “It’s not me – it’s the people who responded.” Putnam also couldn’t believe it. Before she had a proper look in the back of the car, she told the camera, “Isabella thanks you!”
NBC 12 News subsequently quoted Medina as saying that her friend Putnam “literally had nothing for the baby.” However, thanks to all the donations, she now has “just about everything she will need.”
The video of the big reveal clearly struck a chord with the public as well and quickly reached over 50,000 views on Facebook. One commenter summed up the episode perfectly, writing, “That is so wonderful. Such a beautiful example of what simple acts of kindness can do.”