Here’s a way to help medical personnel A member of our congregation who is a NICU nurse in Albany sent along an idea for a simple crafted gift that we could provide for medical staff: Rachele says: “… something that you may be able to pass along to the community that would be greatly appreciated by nurses/medical professionals. Because we are wearing masks for long hours, the loops that hold them on are causing the skin on our ears to break down. I wore a surgical mask for both of my 12 hour shifts and the skin is already itchy, sore and ready to break open…. I know many nurses and respiratory therapists at AMC who would appreciate something like this and have friends at Glens Falls, Saratoga, Ellis, and nursing homes who have said the same.” Find photos of headbands with buttons sewn on to them below. The buttons hold the mask elastic, so that the elastic does not sit on the ears. A package of headbands from the pharmacy (and even used, laundered ones) and some buttons… you have the makings of a priceless gift! If you create some, email a pastor or Cindy at church to arrange for us to get them to Rachele. (And, if you have been making cloth masks, we believe Baptist Health Center is still glad to receive them for non-clinical use).
And another special request from one of our medical people in the congregation: If there are any construction friends with unopened N95 masks, who would be willing to donate them to Saratoga Hospital, it would be greatly appreciated. BHUMC has members working in the hospital who will get them directly to the ER. Thank you.
Volunteering at the Regional Food Bank A couple of church members volunteer at the Regional Foodbank in Latham. If you would like to find out about volunteering as an individual or as a family, please see the Volunteer page at: https://regionalfoodbank.net/volunteer/ The Regional Foodbank is located at 965 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110. Terry Pranys, who has volunteered there for some time, reports: “They have reduced the number of volunteers per shift down to 10 but have also added afternoon shifts. …. Daytime volunteers need to be between 18 and 69. They are still taking children (families) as volunteers in evening shifts.” If you’d like to know more, visit the page linked above, or Terry Pranys (she’s in the church directory) would be glad to talk with you.