Fighting a new, life-threatening disease is hard enough. Imagine fighting it without safeguards as basic as masks and gloves. That’s the growing reality for doctors, nurses and others throughout the medical community as COVID-19 spreads across America. Care providers in Hampton Roads are running short of supplies needed to protect themselves – so they can continue to be the heroes we’ve counted on to care for us.
You can help.
Beginning today, Christ & St. Luke’s is launching a drive called Nurses’ Aid. We’re asking you, our members, to join a supply brigade backing up our medical providers and getting critically needed personal protective equipment, or PPE, to the front lines of the fight against coronavirus.
Even a single package of masks or dispenser of hand sanitizer from your home closet will make a difference. Or maybe through a hobby, job or volunteer role elsewhere, you have access to supplies that could be better-deployed against this health emergency.
What can you do?
- Drop off your donations at Christ & St. Luke’s (location and hours). Or email us at moc.liamg@splehlsc to arrange a pickup. We’ll have two-hour windows available for no-contact porch pickups this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. The supplies you donate will go to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and the EVMS Medical Group, a physicians’ practice that serves patients of all income levels.
- We’re also looking for volunteers to help us pick up or to sort and deliver the collected items. Again, email moc.liamg@splehlsc if you can lend a hand.
What can you donate? Anything, IN ITS UNOPENED PACKAGING, on this list:
- Masks (N95 or Disposable Face Masks)
- Latex/Nitrile Gloves
- Impervious Gowns (level 1 – level 4)
- Disposable Shoe Covers
- Fog-free Face Shields
- Hand Sanitizers
- Sanitizing Wipes
Drop off hours: Please note you can drop off the previously listed supplies Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31, between Noon and 3PM.
Drop off location: 560 W Olney Rd. Through the iron gates to the right of the church, straight down the walkway and up the stairs. Open the outer door and leave in the vestibule between the outer and inner doors.
Community partners have encouraged Christ & St. Luke’s to launch this initiative to use as a possible template for similar PPE drives across the Hampton Roads faith community in the coming weeks. Let’s take the lead. Please give what you can now to Nurses’ Aid!