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Medical fund benefits Valerie Esprit, longtime friendly face for the Airport
By Scott Henry

Hartsfield-Jackson’s Customer Care division has established a fund to help Valerie Esprit, a familiar, smiling fixture of Hartsfield-Jackson since 2006, cope with medical and recovery costs stemming from serious injuries she sustained in a car crash last month.

“Valerie has had a big impact around here,” Lister said.

Esprit was a passenger in a car involved in an accident in Kentucky last month. After being transported to Nashville for treatment, Esprit returned home to Atlanta to begin her recovery, Lister said. The Airport is holding her position open indefinitely, but Esprit likely faces months of healing, physical therapy and fittings for prosthetics before she’ll be able to return to work.

In the meantime, Esprit is struggling with mounting medical expenses due to a high insurance deductible, as well as loss of income, Lister said. To help out, the division has established an account with the Delta Community Credit Union to which Esprit’s friends, co-workers and other well-wishers can make donations.

Also, DOA auditor Angela Johnson is helping put together a scrapbook of photos and good wishes from DOA employees to cheer up Esprit as she recovers. Anyone who wants to participate in “Project Valerie,” or to schedule a photograph should contact Johnson or Lister by email or phone – Johnson at ext. 2122 and Lister at ext. 2186 – by the first week of October. Lister said Esprit is not taking phone calls at this time, but would appreciate cards, prayers and scrapbook messages.

Those wishing to donate money to Esprit can contact the Delta Community Credit Union on Concourse A or at one its local branches, using the account number 991686469. Or donors can give cash or checks made out to “Customer Care Sympathy Fund” to Lister or any of the CCR managers or supervisors.


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