Amazing response to medical supply donations - sites to close May 8
Cape Codders have risen to the occasion when it comes to supporting their healthcare workers during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. When Cape Cod Healthcare announced the locations of five drop-off sites around the region for medical supplies, donations poured in, said Christopher Lawson, senior vice president and chief development officer for the organization.
“The outpouring of support has been absolutely amazing,” he said. “The fact that it’s been a coordinated effort with the volunteers from the Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps — there’s been a real leaning in, in my opinion, about community impact.”
Lawson credited volunteers from the Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps with making the donation sites possible.
Now. after six weeks of operation, the five designated drop-off locations will close on Friday, May 8. This decision came in part due to a decrease in donations, according to Lawson.
“Over the course of those six weeks, there’s been a significant amount of equipment donated but it’s getting less and less every week,” he said. “The volunteers that we’re using to do the pickups at the site are moving on to other activities helping people on the Cape deal with COVID-19.”
CCHC is still looking for donations before the May 8 closure. Specifically, in need are:
- N95 and N99 Masks
- Isolation Gowns
- Cloth Masks
After May 8, all donation inquiries should be coordinated directly with the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation by calling the main office line: 508-862-5600. Donations can also be dropped off at the Foundation office at 32 Main Street, Hyannis.
Giving Without Expectations
When the pandemic first hit Cape Cod, people showed up at the front doors of Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) facilities with piles of handmade cloth masks and other valuable PPE, said Noelene Cervin, vice president of budgeting and operational support for Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC). The incoming donations quickly grew to an overwhelming amount.
“So many people have responded and pitched in, without any expectation of anything in return,” she said. “It has truly been incredible, and we are so grateful.”
When the number of donations became so great they were overwhelming Cervin’s office, the CCHC Foundation stepped in and to establish the collection sites, she said.
Cervin praised not only Cape residents, but local and national businesses, as well.
“The businesses have come through big time,” she said, citing Home Depot, Keurig, Target and other companies who have donated materials. “In collaboration with Cape Cod Makers, schools from Bourne to Provincetown made thousands of [masks] for us to use.”
With the past six weeks of support, and hopefully more in the future, the people of Cape Cod are going to get through this by working together, she said.
“A lot of people just gave, without a note, without wanting a thing in return, and those are the people we need to thank,” she said. “Those unsung heroes.”