Healthcare Generosity

Aug 29, 2018

To the Editor:

We all live very opinionated lives, with those opinions a product of our upbringing, ethnic background and experiences among other factors. We all seem to have one thing in common, however. When a true need arises, we respond.

Such has been the case with every volunteer effort I have been a part of, but none more so than with Coastal Volunteers in Medicine. Despite the varied political opinions of how health care should be delivered in the U.S., individuals respond to what they see as a legitimate need of a fellow human being. When somebody looks to us for help, with eyes pleading but with too much pride to ask, we respond.

This is the generosity I have seen and felt in response to caring for those who fall in the doughnut hole of our healthcare system, those individuals who work as much and as hard as they can but have not enough extra to spend 10 to 20 percent of their income on health insurance.

I can only say thank you to the many individuals who have responded to the need, the institutions like Hackensack-Meridian hospitals that have donated space and the many community organizations that have provided financial and emotional support.

We go beyond ourselves when a life is at stake, a life we may be able to save.

Larry Picarello, board chairman

Coastal Volunteers in Medicine

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