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Nurse Surprises Co-Worker With Much-Needed Baby Supplies After Hearing She'd Won Custody of Granddaughter


A Virginia nurse was faced with a community of support when she overheard her coworker say she needed baby supplies, and wanted to lend a hand.

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Nurse Pam Medina, 48, told InsideEdition.com that she was just finishing up her night shift at 7:15 a.m. when she spotted a colleague looking through a donation bin in the break room.

She then found out that nurse Sara Putman, 47, was just granted custody of her 7-month-old granddaughter and was scrambling to find supplies.

The court-ordered decision came as a surprise, and between Putman's upcoming shift and the baby on the way, she didn't have time to collect the items baby Isabella needed.

Enthusiastically, Medina responded, "What do you need? I can find you everything you need."

True to her word, Medina began her search for gently used baby items after her 12-hour night shift that Friday morning. She reached out to various Facebook groups in the area that she likened to an online yard sale, with a message saying: "Folks, just send me what you have. I'll be more than happy to pay for it. Tell me where to meet you, and I'll pick it up."

"Hundreds of moms responded," said Medina, a mom of 5 children herself. "Either it was very low cost, or [they said], 'Pick this up, you can have it."

By 5:30 p.m. that same day, Medina collected hundreds of items from moms all over the area and brought it back to the hospital with her husband's help.

Medina grabbed Putman as she was completing her day shift, and took her to her car, where she told her she had gotten her a stroller.

But when Medina opens her trunk, Putman's jaw dropped.

"Oh my god! What have you done?" Putman exclaimed, tearing up. Putman stares at the trunk in shock, before she can be seen looking through the pile, which included a stroller, a bouncy seat, a tub, and baby clothes.

"I haven't had any sleep!" Medina can be heard in her video. "I've been running around picking stuff up all day long. And I've got more to pick up, I just ran out of time!"

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Medina told InsideEdition.com that she was inspired to help a coworker, who's last name she didn't even know until that day, because she was touched at Putman's decision to take custody of her 20-year-old son's daughter, Isabella.

"[The] baby would have ended up in foster care for sure," Medina said.

But the community's support continues. Medina said that she was scheduled to pick up more supplies from people around town on Thursday, but has told them, "Let her go through what she has and figure out what she needs," she said.

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