How Can I Make a Difference?
With social isolation, businesses closed, and threats of virus, one may wonder how can we make a difference. One of the largest areas of problems for health care workers in hospitals are PPE or Personal Protective Equipment. The shortage of PPE is one of the reason’s Governor Northam closed CDHP.
With that in mind, Sarah here at CDHP found some great opportunities to help our Charlottesville Community.
The Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is in need of fabric masks for their nurses and clinical staff. She reached out to the hospital and asked if there was specific criteria for the masks they were seeking and was told that any masks made of tightly woven cotton/cotton polyester blend fabric would be welcome. Any pattern may be used as long as the fabric meets the criteria above. Donations should be dropped off at the MAIN ENTRANCE (500 Martha Jefferson Drive).
Additionally, Sarah reached out to UVA about masks and was answered as follows: we prefer donations go to this group who can serve the larger Charlottesville community.
If you follow the link above, you are directed to a list of equipment needed as well as a drop off location. There is an additional link to a signup sheet/pledge form: https://cvillebio.wixsite.com/cvillecraftaid/volunteer
Additionally, here is a link to JOANN Fabrics where they have highlighted videos and tutorials for those who may be interested and not know how to make them. https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/?icn=hpz1&ici=make-to-give-response
From Sarah “I know, in a very small way, what it’s like to have limited access to things you need to do your job (we had a shortage or Sodium Chloride and Lactated Ringer IV bags, and a couple of IV medications a few years ago), but I’ve never been in a situation where I didn’t have access to new, clean PPE, so I can only imagine how stressful and challenging that must be. ”
What a great opportunity to help in a way that is meaningful–and you can choose all kinds of colors and prints for masks, so you can express your creativity.