Pay It Forward June 2021 – Staci Shipman

System Controller Staci Shipman paid forward $500 in supplies to the staff of NHC Laurens, in memory of her father.

NHC HealthCare Laurens’  campus is home to a post-acute 24-hour skilled nursing Health Care Center providing for individuals who need skilled nursing care after a stroke, joint replacement surgery, a cardiac procedure or a serious illness.

Staci said, “My father, Woody Alexander, passed away last month. He had been living at NHC in Laurens and being taken care of by the wonderful staff on Station 1. I had not seen him in person for over a year but I had confidence that he was being well taken care of by these amazing people. They genuinely care for their patients.”

Healthcare providers always take care of the needs of their patients, and Staci decided to return the favor by meeting some of the needs of the staff.

“I wanted to give them something that they could use day in and day out and that all shifts could use,” Staci said.

The staff told her they could use a Keurig machine (“because coffee is life sometimes”) and a dorm size refrigerator for their break room since the only refrigerator they had was on the other side of the building.

Staci said, “I was able to purchase a very nice Keurig machine and a small fridge along with some K-cup coffee, tea and hot chocolate. I also bought some drinks to put in the fridge and cream and sugar for the coffee, as well as some disposable coffee cups with lids.”

Tonie Campbell, NHC Laurens Director of Patient Relations said, “It was a very heart felt gift from Mrs. Shipman in honor of her dad. NHC staff greatly appreciates the mini refrigerator and Keurig and coffee.”


The Pay It Forward program began in 2015.

Every Laurens Electric Cooperative employee is entered into a random drawing to receive $500 to pay forward in any way they choose. Each month a new name is drawn, and the employee then has one month to apply the funds toward their own act of kindness.

This initiative is budget-neutral; the funds will come from Laurens Electric’s charity events, which employee volunteers make possible.

Employees and the community will enable individual employees to help individuals in the community, and that’s a win-win situation.

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