Effort to make equipment for health care workers needs volunteers

2020欧冠名单Submitted photoAn example of the gowns Daughtry is creating using plastic tablecloths

2020欧冠名单CAIRO — A grassroots operation to create hospital gowns for doctors and first responders in Grady County is still in need of additional volunteers.

Grady County Family Connection executive director Nola Daughtry estimates about 70 hospital gowns have been created from polyethylene tablecloths since her project was kicked off earlier this month, but there’s still a need to hasten the speed of production with more seamsters.

2020欧冠名单“We will provide the materials for them to use,” Daughtry said. “We just need some seamsters to sew for us.”

Anyone with a sewing machine at home who is interested in assisting with the effort can join by contacting Daughtry at (229) 378-7272. Additional volunteers are needed for cutting gowns out of the tablecloths. Monetary donations also are accepted and will be used to purchase additional tablecloths.

Local doctors offices and first responders have yet to receive expected shipments or professional-grade supplies to combat COVID-19, so it’s up to Daughtry’s group to produce as many gowns as possible until the demand subsides. The collaborative effort is organized by Family Connection with the help of volunteers in the community.

“It’s not a Family Connection project, but it’s what Family Connection does,” Daughtry said. “We see a need in the community and we collaborate with the community in order to help that need.”

2020欧冠名单So far Daughtry has received help from 10 seamsters and another 15 volunteers who are cutting out gowns. Daughtry also has received donations from local businesses and residents, including 120 tablecloths from United National Bank, paper for cutting patterns from The Cairo Messenger and a $200 donation for purchasing supplies from Walmart. Cairo Mayor pro tem Jerry Cox also contributed $100 to the cause. First United Methodist Church has served as a staging area to distribute materials to volunteers to take home.

Daughtry’s efforts to reach out to the public for help have had a farther-reaching effect than she anticipated. She said she’s received calls from volunteer groups in Indiana, Ohio and Maryland who have requested assistance in creating their own cut-out patterns to produce similar gowns in their own communities.

“It’s been gratifying to see that this has helping many others, not just us,” Daughtry said.

The pattern Daughtry’s group is using was designed by her sister, Jane Martin, and approved by officials with Archbold Medical Center. Gowns are not produced on-site at First United. Volunteers instead take materials back home and return to the church with the completed products.

“We’re taking precautions with safe distancing,” Daughtry said. “We drop off and pick up and stay our distance from each other.”

The volunteer group has nearly 400 tablecloths ready to be cut into gowns. Each tablecloth can be used to produce a single hospital gown.

Daughtry encouraged everyone to continue abiding by public safety guidelines.

“This crisis is not over,” she said. “We still need to take precautions and stay home and stay a safe social distance away from each other. Please do that, because our community is peaking still. We have not leveled off.”