First and foremost, we want to thank our amazing staff who has been dedicated to continuing to provide the highest level of care possible to our residents as well as everyone who has already reached out to offer their support, their time, and their talents during these unprecedented times. It is with that, we are looking again to our generous community for their help.
SHORTAGE OF MASKS
As you are probably aware, orders for standard/disposable face masks are on long back-order, due to both demand and supply chain issues. In an effort to be as prepared as possible to continue to protect our high-risk population of seniors and staff, we are looking for donations of handmade masks and materials for making handmade masks.
According to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. It is important to remember that prior to the modern masks, washable fabric masks were standard at hospitals and nursing homes. These fabric masks can be sterilized and used repeatedly. While not ideal, they will provide a level of protection for our staff and residents during the pandemic.
Donations will be distributed accordingly across Holland Home and Holland Home’s affiliates, Faith Hospice and Atrio Home Care.
DONATIONS OF FABRIC MASK MATERIALS
We are turning to you — our friends and associates to donate as many elastic bands and cotton fabric as possible. To create these masks, we are looking for the following materials:
1/8” or 1/4” elastic bands or elastic cord
Tightly woven cotton fabric like tea towels or fabric used for quilting
NOTE: Cotton clothing such as a t-shirt is too porous to be effective, so please refrain from donating these types of items
Using these donated materials, dedicated teams of Holland Home staff members and volunteers will begin sewing as many fabric masks as possible. Please be assured that Holland Home will sanitize all donations prior to and after the masks are constructed.
DONATIONS OF HANDMADE MASKS
We also will happily accept handmade masks you sew on your own. In doing so, please use the following directions:
Use tightly-woven cotton fabric like tea towels or fabric used for quilting and 1/8” or 1/4” elastic bands or elastic cord
Pre-wash the fabric twice using hot water and soap to allow for shrinking
Sew the fabric masks using either of the linked instructions below — there are two patterns you can choose from
When your masks are complete, drop off or mail the masks to our designated drop off locations (see below)
Collected masks will be immediately sent to processing and laundry to be sanitized and prepared for use
The links below provide instruction for two options.
DROP OFF AND DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS
Beginning Monday, March 23, donations can be dropped off at either of the following locations:
2121 Raybrook SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Dropbox located in lobby
BRETON REHAB AND LIVING CENTRE
2589 44th Street SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Dropbox located in entrance way
8214 Pfeiffer Farms Drive SW,
Byron Center, MI 49315
Dropbox located in entrance way
If mailing your donation, please send it to the Trillium Woods address.
We thank you in advance for your continued support — together, we can help the helpers!