41.6 F
Muscatine
Monday, March 1, 2021
More

    United Way of Muscatine donates N-95 masks

    Margaret Stadtwald
    Margaret Stadtwaldhttps://discovermuscatine.com
    Margaret Stadtwald works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

    Muscatine Living

    Muscatine Today Show with Ashley joined by Stephanie Curry

    Good morning! Rare disease day is Sunday, today Stephanie Curry comes on the show to chat with Ashley about...

    Muscatine Today Show with Ashley joined by Jodi Royal-Goodwin

    Affordable housing in Muscatine has been a topic of discussions for a long time. Today Misty is here from...

    Downtown Muscatine/GMCCI to Host Annual Girls Getaway Event

    Muscatine, IA (February 25, 2021) – Join us for this year’s Girls Getaway! The Merrill Hotel in Historic Downtown...

    MUSCATINE, Iowa—Recently, United Way of Muscatine made a donation of N-95 masks years in the making. Programming Manager Nichole Sorgenfrey shared that three years ago, Bayer gave them three full pallets of N-95 masks to use during Day of Caring and other volunteer projects. Though United Way volunteers used some of the masks each year, they barely made a dent in the huge stock. However, not wanting to waste quality supplies, United Way held on to them just in case.

    When Sorgenfrey heard that local healthcare providers needed N-95 masks to combat COVID-19, she knew exactly how to put United Way’s many masks to good use. United Way contacted UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Hospital to see if they would take them. They gratefully accepted, requesting United Way deliver half their masks directly to the hospital and the other half to Trinity Muscatine Public Health.

    Because United Way had 60 cases containing roughly 9,600 masks, they knew they needed help transporting them to the hospital and public health. The contacted the Salvation Army of Muscatine County, who happily sent Lieutenant Greg Bock to help deliver them, with the help of United Way volunteer Devin.

    For Sorgenfrey, getting to send United Way’s extra N-95 masks to local health care professionals who could benefit from them simply made sense. “We are all in this together, so if we have something that someone else needs, we will share,” she said. Sorgenfrey also felt grateful that United Way could have a positive impact locally on a challenge many communities across the state and nation face. “We know from Governor Reynolds about the shortage and how the masks help keep our healthcare workers safe; we need healthcare workers to stay safe to treat all during this epidemic,” she added.

    As Muscatine County continues to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, Sorgenfrey reminds residents that United Way, in cooperation with Muscatine Center for Social Action and the Salvation Army, provides free, delivered meals for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, and that they welcome volunteers to help prepare and deliver these meals. For more information, Sorgenfrey encourages you to contact her at [email protected]

    Trinity Muscatine Public Health also requests local businesses with personal protective equipment, like N-95 masks, to consider donating it, as supplies get used each day. To learn more, call 563-263-0122. 

    Latest News

    Art Center reaccreditation process is nearly complete

    MUSCATINE, Iowa – For the last several years, the Muscatine Art Center staff and Board of Trustees have been...

    Get Discover Muscatine in Your Inbox

    More Articles Like This