Sharing the dough for a good cause, the newly opened Panera Bread in The Woodlands recently donated $4,150 through its Operation Dough-nation program to St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital’s Good Shepherd Fund. The money was raised through Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-nation Grand Opening Fundraiser the week of in December.
Founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, the St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital’s Good Shepherd Fund was created to provide modest support for patients and family members in need, to help allow hospital patients to focus on healing. Donations from the Good Shepherd Fund can help patients fill in the gaps that medical insurance cannot cover, often times filling very basic needs for patients and their families such as meals, lodging, child care, and medical equipment not covered by insurance.
“We chose to donate to St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital during our grand opening not only because they are so established as a caring organization that gives back to the local community, but also due to the wonderful service that their Good Shepherd Fund provides to those who are need at a difficult time,” said Panera owners, Andria and Chuck Cain.
Debbie Sukin, CEO of St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, added, “We are grateful for this extremely generous donation to our Good Shepherd Fund by Panera Bread College Park., which will allow us to offer additional support to hospital patients and their families when in need. We are honored to have been selected as their ongoing beneficiary of the Dough-nation contributions made by customers at their new location.
“As we near our 9th anniversary of providing Faithful, Loving Care® in The Woodlands community, gifts like these are especially meaningful and affirming.”