Girl donates masks to hospital
April 1, 2020
A Green River girl recently donated masks for visitors at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County for visitor use.
Lily Harris donated a bundle of hand-made masks yesterday.
Harris said she was inspired to make the masks because her mother has compromised lungs and when she goes to the hospital for appointments, masks aren't always available.
"I hope this donation will help," she said.
Harris, a Lincoln Middle School student, sewed the masks herself, using skills she learned from Mrs. Kennedy.
Deb Sutton, marketing and public relations director at MHSC, said hand-sewn masks and gowns will be accepted by the hospital.
"Once the items are dropped off, they are immediately laundered her at the hospital. The masks/gowns will then distribute to various areas as needed," Sutton wrote in am email.
Harris said she made sure to make the masks sturdy so they don't fall apart as they're being prepared for use.
Sutton said a drop-off point for donations was established Tuesday afternoon.
In a press release issued Monday, MHSC noted that cloth gowns and masks would be used by providers in a worst-case scenario.
The hospital has also received donations of food and personal protective equipment for healthcare providers.
"We can't thank you enough," Sutton said in the press release. "The donations of masks and other personal protective equipment is greatly appreciated."
MHSC is accepting donations of equipment, including packages of N95 masks, Level 2 and Level 3 surgical masks, impervious hospital gowns and hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
"I hope (the masks) helps as all of us fight against the war against COVID-19," Harris said.