At the onset of the Coronavirus and in response to Governor Gary Herbert’s Stay Safe, Stay Home directive, Chris Gifford opened his first ever Facebook account to summon the help of volunteers willing to support the Washington County COVID-19 Urgent Help initiative. An army of volunteers responded to his call to duty, stepping forward to support his efforts to provide relief to people impacted by the disease. Under Chris’ guidance and direction, he and his volunteer group shopped for groceries, medications, and other supplies and delivered them to at-risk individuals and families, quarantined in their homes. Chris personally purchased and donated diapers, formula, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, groceries, and other essentials and ran errands for total strangers, risking his own health, asking nothing in return. Chris donated hundreds of hours working at COVID-19 testing stations, once again risking his own personal health to test potentially diseased victims. He committed himself to continue serving in that capacity until the need for testing stations has passed.
Chris is the Campus Director of the DSU Hurricane Education Center and DSU Kanab Center. He is described as a problem solver who quickly assesses dilemmas and implements workable solutions through innovation and collaboration. He is a dynamic and experienced people focused individual with excellent teaching and interpersonal communication skills.
Through Chris’ swift action and impressive organizational skills, hundreds of people impacted by the disease were able to feed their families, calm their children’s fears, and continue living as normally as possible. Those fortunate people witnessed first hand the commitment and unconditional love one human being can have for another. Chris is an example to us all. He is a man who will undoubtedly be revered for his selfless contribution in a difficult time.
Chris Gifford is, most definitely, a Hurricane Valley Hero.