Health First to Receive 50 Fabric Face Masks From Local Volunteer Group ‘Love Stitches’
By Space Coast Daily // April 4, 2020
'Love Stitches' continues to be dedicated to helping hospice patients and associates
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Help is coming from every neighbor, friend or volunteer who are all eager to do their part in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Love Stitches, a local volunteer group, has made it their mission to do just that, by sewing 50 much-needed fabric face masks to be gifted to Hospice of Health First associates.
The group continues to be dedicated to helping hospice patients and associates.
To date, Love Stitches has created more than 70 “fidget blankets” for Alzheimer’s patients, designed to soothe the fidgeting of individuals suffering from memory loss.
The volunteer effort has also given patients more than 500 blankets and shawls, including red, white and blue blankets honoring our veterans during pinning ceremonies.
“We’re grateful for Love Stitches who are joining the fight against COVID-19 to help our associates in this time of need,” said Valerie Kenworthy, Director, Hospice of Health First.
The fabric face masks will be worn over traditional N95 masks to give it more longevity, since the fabric face mask can be easily removed and washed.
“This is one small way our community is supporting us in caring for the people who need it the most,” Kenworthy said.
Meanwhile, Health First recently announced that the community is now welcome to make or donate homemade masks to the Health First Distribution Center, located at 7195 Waelti Drive, Melbourne, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
They can also be donated to the Health First Medical Equipment office, located at 1131 W New Haven Ave, West Melbourne, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If homemade face masks are being donated, they should be:
• Made from cloth fabric
• Length: 7 inches
• Width: 3 ½ inches
• Height of earloop: 2 ½ inches
“The impact these will have on our Hospice team and throughout Health First will be deeply appreciated and will make a drastic difference for so many people,” Kenworthy said.
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