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Ways for Catholics and Community Members to Help Maine Hospitals During COVID-19 Crisis

PORTLAND---Many Maine hospitals are offering different ways for Catholics and community members to assist in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent is looking for anyone with experience sewing fabric to help increase their supply of surgical gowns and masks. Location is not an issue. If you are able to help, email [email protected].

Northern Light Health, which includes Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland, Northern Light AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth, is asking for volunteers to sew head bands that they can wear and attach their hospital masks to. The anticipated need is 8,000 head bands. If you are able to help, contact Stacey Coventry, the director of Volunteer and Community Development Services at Northern Light Health, at (207) 973-7000. They can be sent in Ziploc bags to the attention of Volunteer Services and sent to: Northern Light Health, 43 Whiting Hill Road, Brewer, ME 04412. Please include your contact information so the organization can thank you. In addition, Northern Light Health’s care teams are accepting donations of unopened, personal protective equipment such as disposable gloves, disposable face masks, N-95 masks, hand sanitizer, disinfection wipes, thermometers, face shields and goggles, disposable coveralls and scrubs, isolation gowns and masks, shoe covers, and nasal cannulas. To coordinate a drop off or pick up for your donation, email [email protected] or call (207) 973-5055.

MaineHealth, which includes Maine Medical Center in Portland, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford, Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, and Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, encourages the donation of N95 Masks (usually made by 3M or Kimberly Clark but they will accept any brand), paper masks (ties or elastic), paper protective gowns, protective glasses/goggles (previously used is okay), and nitrile gloves. To ensure donations are being utilized in the best way, MaineHealth is overseeing the central coordination of medical supply donations for many hospitals and organizations, including Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. To donate, visit either www.mainehealth.org/healthy-communities/coronavirus/donations or www.mainehealth.org/donate to fill out a brief form.

St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston has two options to help. The St. Mary’s COVID-19 Response Fund will be used to fulfill whatever needs are greatest to properly care for patients, including supplies, specialized safety equipment, enhancing contact between patients and their families, and other expenses. To donate, visit www.stmarysmaine.com/ways-to-give/covid19_donate. The Marguerite d’Youville Fund will support patients and employees faced with unforeseen expenses due to this or any other unexpected crisis. Examples include medical fees, mortgage payments, transportation costs, heating bills and more. 100% of all gifts to this fund will be used to pay these emergency expenses incurred by employees or patients. To donate, visit www.stmarysmaine.com/ways-to-give/give-online-today.