Inspired by the courageous men and women caring for Ebola patients in Africa, caregivers at Life Care Center of Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Georgia, decided to support them by helping supply protective equipment.
Malinda Kamara, certified nursing assistant, and Yvonne Numbia, staff development coordinator, came up with the idea of getting their workplace involved in this cause. On Oct. 17, the facility held a rummage sale, bake sale and hot dog sale, with all proceeds going to purchasing gloves, masks and gowns to send to health care workers in Africa.
“There are people in Africa on the front line treating Ebola victims who have quit because there is not enough personal protective equipment,” shared Cheryl Lilly, director of business development, who organized the event.
Lilly added that dozens of facility associates have family in Africa, some of whom have been affected by the Ebola virus. In solidarity, associates decorated the lobby with African heritage items.
Along with community members at large, associates particularly invited local health care workers to participate in the event and support their counterparts overseas.
“We raised $1,025 and are very happy to be able to help some medical personnel who are working very hard to keep this virus from spreading more than it already has,” said Lilly.