Published on June 25, 2020

Volunteers in Midland Provide Comfort for Surgical Patients

Photo of Ted Mudd and Robert Reid bagging popcorn. They are with the Popcorn Service Volunteers at MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland.

Ted Mudd, chairman, Popcorn Service and volunteer Robert Reid prepare bags of freshly popped popcorn to sell to staff and visitors at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. Proceeds from sales are donated to MidMichigan Health Foundation to support projects for patient care.

Popcorn Service volunteers at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland have completed their pledge to MidMichigan Health Foundation for the 2019-20 year. Funds they raised selling popcorn to staff and visitors enabled them to purchase 10 iPads for Anesthesia Services. The iPads will be available to patients awaiting surgical procedures with the goal of helping to alleviate anxiety they may be feeling.

Ted Mudd, volunteer chairman of the service, has been involved with popcorn sales at the Medical Center for several years and derives great satisfaction from contributing to patient care for area residents. “It’s amazing to me how we can successfully support important projects like this one bag at a time,” said Mudd. “It just goes to show that no single fundraising effort or contribution is too small to make a difference.”

The Popcorn Service not only pops and serves those who happen by, it also delivers freshly popped bags of popcorn throughout the campus of the medical center in their recognizable wagon, a sight and smell welcomed by many. Sales have helped purchase equipment and enhanced services provided to patients in several departments, and the volunteer team plans to keep it going.

Those interested information about volunteer opportunities at the Medical Center may contact Diana Brookens, volunteer manager, at 989-839-3340 or visit