The Gundersen Lutheran Clinic-Spring Grove donated $500 to the Houston County Food Shelf in honor of National Doctors’ Day. Jennifer Hansen NP (left) along with Dr. Robert Breitenbach (right) presented the check to Food Shelf manager, Barb Schmitz, (center).
The Gundersen Lutheran Clinic-Spring Grove donated $500 to the Houston County Food Shelf in honor of National Doctors’ Day. Jennifer Hansen NP (left) along with Dr. Robert Breitenbach (right) presented the check to Food Shelf manager, Barb Schmitz, (center).
The Houston County Food Shelf recently received a boost that will help fill in empty spaces on their shelves. In recognition of National Doctors' Day, Gundersen Lutheran Clinic-Spring Grove donated $500 to the food shelf.

"All of Gundersen Lutheran's clinics made donations to their local food shelves in honor of National Doctors' Day," explained Dr. Robert Breitenbach. "It is a nice way for us to help out our communities."

"We are very happy to receive this donation," said Houston County SEMCAC Food Shelf Manager, Barb Schmitz. "There is always a need for items at the food shelf. Right now, we could especially use items needed for baking like cooking oil, sweetened condensed milk, pan sprays and baking soda - those extra little things needed for baking. We are very thankful for this donation from Gundersen Lutheran."

The Houston County Food Shelf is part of Minnesota FoodShare. All gifts donated to Minnesota FoodShare locations from March 1 to April 30 qualify for challenge grant money from the Feinstein Foundation. Donations that qualify include monetary pledges and in-kind charitable gifts.

The Feinstein Foundation was founded in 1991 by Alan Shawn Feinstein. It is dedicated to "the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood." (www.feinsteinfoundation.org)

National Doctors' Day

The first Doctor's Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians.

This specific date was chosen to remember the date (March 30, 1842) that Crawford W. Long, M.D., of Jefferson, GA, administered the first ether anesthetic for surgery. After surgery, the patient would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware the surgery was over until he awoke.

A Resolution Commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives on March 30, 1958.

In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor's Day.

Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on Oct. 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30th as "National Doctor's Day." (www.doctorsday.org).