The Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre Auxiliary recently delivered nearly 200 scrubs bags to the hospital, the Community Care Centre and Royal Oak Dementia Care.
“It is certainly happening across Alberta and across Canada where volunteers are making scrub bags and they are used so that at the end of shifts, healthcare workers can put their uniforms into that bag and take it home and then straight into the washing machine. It protects the worker and their family,” Auxiliary Member Kathy Medd said.
Medd said recipients were thankful and were excited to receive the donations.
“We have had thank you letters sent back to us,” she said.
Medd said the nearly 200 bags satisfied the needs currently in the Lacombe area and the project is just one example of how the Auxiliary supports the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre.
“Right now, the only thing we able to do is the courtyard in the center of the hospital. We are not allowed in otherwise because of restrictions. We usually have a tuck shop in the hospital, which usually has hand-made items, some snacks and a used book shelf that we have. That is shut down for now,” she said.
She added, the courtyard is maintained and cleaned before long-term care patients have access to it in the mornings.
Medd said the Auxiliary is always looking for new volunteers.
“There is also a volunteer coordinator who looks after the Lacombe Hospital and the Ponoka Hospital,” she said.
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Medd added, “We had terrific support from the community and we did it by reaching out to members of the Auxiliary, who reached out to their friends. We had a lot of non-members who put in time sewing along with members.”