The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation has joined the White Heart Project to show support to frontline workers at Penticton Regional Hospital. (South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation)

South Okanagan residents invited to show white heart in support of health-care workers

White Heart Project brings personal messages from residents to health-care workers

The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation is offering a way for all South Okanagan residents to send their messages of support to local health-care workers at the Penticton Regional Hospital.

Through the White Heart Project, the SOS Medical Foundation is allowing people to support health-care workers by emailing their own personalized message to the foundation for inclusion on white hearts that will be posted inside the hospital and read by health-care workers at the hospital.

Hearts can also be posted on the front doors and windows of people’s homes to spread messages of support across the region.

Traditionally, a white heart is used to show love or emotional support for someone.

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Messages will be accepted from residents throughout the South Okanagan, although hearts will only be posted at PRH because it is the provincial COVID-19 treatment site for the South Okanagan Similkameen region.

“People have been looking for ways to show their appreciation of medical staff, infection control workers, and others at the hospital,” said Carey Bornn, Executive Director of the foundation. “The White Heart Project allows them to do that.”

“If you print a heart at home, we encourage you to also share your heart and message on our Facebook and Instagram pages @sosmedicalfoundation,” Bornn said.

To have your message included in the White Heart Project at PRH email a message with a maximum of 10 words to sosmedicalfoundation@interiorhealth.ca.

Each message will be printed onto a heart and posted on the main floor of the David E. Kampe Tower at PRH.

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