OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Natasha Hongsermeier-Graves calls herself a “feel-good freddy.” Volunteering makes her feel good, she said, and gives her a purpose. She definitely wasn’t the type to sit on the sidelines when the coronavirus pandemic canceled her clinical rotations at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. That’s not the way she was raised by parents Ivan and Jennifer Hongsermeier on the family farm near Phillips, Nebraska. “I have to feel useful during this time,” she told the Omaha World-Herald. “I can’t look back and say I was useless during the pandemic.” Although she’s still taking a class and doing research during this break, she has also been spending several hours a week volunteering. Many other medical students are doing the same, she said. The list of projects for Hongsermeier-Graves is particularly long. She’s a part of a pen pal program for seniors, making uplifting cards for people at places like the Open Door Mission and nursing and assisted living facilities. She has also been giving blood, helping with a product drive for homeless shelters, and baby- and pet-sitting for a UNMC resident as part of Covid Relief. The project closest to her heart, though, is Musicians for Healing…. Read full this story
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