Local nurses make Easter baskets for Franklin children

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) On Friday, nurses at Baylor Scott and White Health in College Station made Easter baskets for children affected by the tornado that hit Franklin last weekend.

Kasey Batrez is a Franklin resident and Registered Nurse at the hospital.

Her house is okay, but 55 other nearby homes were destroyed.

"Those houses were demolished and they're on the ground, but nobody died. I was like 'God is here' all I could think was 'I've got to find a way to help, I've got to do something," Batrez said.

She asked her coworkers if they would be interested in making Easter baskets for the families in Franklin who lost everything. In response, employees across the hospital donated money and items for the baskets and even helped put them together as a group.

"I wouldn't want somebody else's kid to not have that because of something that was out of their control. They're not in their homes, they're in hotels, or in a stranger's home, so I just wanted to for them to have something special that morning," Batrez explained.

"It's great that we can give back and give a sense of love and compassion back to the community," said Brenda Acosta, a Health Unit Coordinator helping make the baskets.

Batrez says it's not about the baskets. It's about neighbors looking out for neighbors.

"I just hope that everyone can stay one, be one, and be Franklin strong," Batrez said.

The Easter baskets are being handed out at 11 a.m. Saturday at South New Hope Baptist Church in Franklin.