March 26, 2020
Contact: Dawn Bryant
News for Immediate Release:
Tidelands Health sewing needs met thanks to overwhelming community support
Tidelands Health has closed its call for volunteers to help sew elastic straps on N95 respirators after more than 2,000 people came forward to help in just two days.
“We are blown away by the community’s support of our health care professionals on the front line of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic ,” said Pam Maxwell, chief nursing officer. “The outpouring of love and support means so much to our team. We are truly blessed.”
Distribution of respirators and sewing materials to volunteers began Thursday and will continue in the coming days. Tidelands Health is contacting volunteers in groups to facilitate effective distribution. Volunteers who signed up to participate will receive an email no later than Friday, April 3, with pick-up and return instructions.
On Tuesday, Tidelands Health issued an urgent appeal for help sewing new elastic bands on thousands of new, never-used N95 respirators stored in its warehouse. The respirators were acquired during a previous public health emergency but never used, and the elastic straps have become brittle over time.
“Our entire Tidelands Health team extends our gratitude to all the volunteers and to everyone in our region who has offered support during this challenging time,” Maxwell said. “We feel our community’s love, and it sustains us.”
Though sign-ups for the sewing effort have ended, more opportunities for community residents to support Tidelands Health will be shared going forward. An easy way to show support right now is to download and print a “Thank you to the helpers” sign for your home or vehicle. Download your free sign at tidelandshealth.org
Note to media: Many of you have requested to be connected with some of our sewing volunteers. We will provide that information to each journalist who has requested it in the coming days as volunteers pick up supplies and begin sewing.
About Tidelands Health
Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners are working side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.