Ashe Residents Asked to Donate Personal Protective Equipment and Other Needed Supplies

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Ashe Residents Asked to Donate Personal Protective Equipment and Other Needed Supplies

 

 

 

 

Emergency services, health care facilities and first responders in Ashe County are asking for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the community. Due to the global shortage of these supplies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashe County Emergency Management is asking for the community’s help in the form of donations of unused supplies of:

–           Respirator masks (rated N95 or above), surgical masks or even dust masks
–           medical-grade gloves
–           Protective gowns or Tyvek suits and face shields
–           Bottles of hand sanitizers
–           Medical thermometers

While local emergency services, health care facilities and first responders in Ashe County have not yet run out of these critical supplies, inventory is running low just due to a combination of routine use and a lack of reliable resupply shipments during this global health crisis.

“You want to have those on the frontline of this crisis in the upcoming weeks not worrying about the PPE supply in the midst of caring for the citizens of our community,” said Chief Rick Swain, Safety Director, Ashe Memorial Hospital “If your household or business can spare only one mask, that’s one mask our first responders and healthcare workers didn’t have before. Just know, every little bit helps.”

Residents are being asked to check their workshops, offices and homes for supplies, particularly of N95 respirators, that they are willing to donate to Ashe County Emergency Management to be issued out to first responders and health care providers.

Thank you in advance for your donations Ashe County. Supplies will be accepted at Family Central, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM just inside the gymnasium door.

In addition to the medical supplies and PPE being requested above, volunteers and donations are also being sought right here in Ashe County:

●          High Country United Way: Donate to High Country United Way’s local relief fund that     will go towards providing community members with critical information and services      like food, financial assistance, and more.

  • Forest Ridge Assisted Living: Cards, drawings, and letters can be dropped off for residents outside the front door. There is a doorbell that you can ring when you arrive which will cue a staff member to come outside to pick up your items.
  • Ashe Services for Aging: Home-bound clients are in need of toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Clients are also in need of toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, cleaning supplies (bathroom and all-purpose cleaners), and             loaves of bread. Donations can be dropped off at 180 Chattyrob Lane, West Jefferson, at         the rear entrance between 9am – 4pm Monday-Friday.
  • Local Businesses: Consider sponsoring breakfast, lunch, or dinner for frontline staff during this time. Purchase gift cards or take-out meals from local businesses.

Volunteer Needs:

  • Healthcare Workers: If you are a health care worker and want to volunteer for COVID- 19 response you can sign up through NC TERMS at: https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/. For help with registering, please call (828) 264-4995 and dial 2222 or email us at preparedness@apphealth.com and give us your name, expertise/credentials, and a call        back number.
  • AppHealthCare: Email preparedness@apphealth.com to inquire about volunteering

    “Ashe County has always been a community that finds a way to provide for those in need,” said Todd McNeill, Ashe County Commissioner “We’re going to see a lot of need in the coming weeks, but our citizens, our government agencies, our churches and our charitable organizations will, no doubt, rise to this challenge. You can rest assured that Ashe is stronger than this pandemic.”