Due to social distancing requirements, most hospitals and health care facilities are restricting visitors at this time. While this measure helps prevent the spread of coronavirus, it has lead to the isolation of many patients.
One New Jersey man, knows first-hand how important it is to stay connected to ailing family members, John Lynch recently had to say a final goodbye to his father via FaceTime. His dad was at a memory care unit in Atlanta and because of restrictions, Lynch couldn’t see him in person before he died. Afterward John was inspired to help other elderly patients see their loved ones. He determined he is going to do what he can; which is surprisingly a lot.
You see, John Lynch was already active in the hospitals, he runs the Lunch with Lynch Foundations; which ordinarily focuses on providing learning experiences for children and assisting families with life threatening illnesses. But now his foundation has another purpose.
He calls it “Operation Connection: The iPad Project,” and through the program, more than 60 iPads have been collected so far. The first 20 iPads collected went to Cape May County Medical Center and the rest will be distributed to nursing homes in Cape May County and hospitals across the country.
It’s already having a positive effect: Katie Hinchey, whose grandmother was a recipient of one of the donated iPads, said she is grateful for Lynch. “When grandmother was taken by ambulance, they took nothing with her. No phone. No list of numbers. No pigeon to carry messages. So, when I called her room this morning and the nurse asked if we could FaceTime – all my fears disappeared,” Hinchey said.
It’s your Good News Story of the Day and you can find it all here, including the video which we encourage you to watch! But if you have a desire to assist you should know the foundation is accepting donations of iPads by mail (address available on their website) as well as cash donations through a GoFundMe; which they will use to acquire new or gently used iPads.
Story and Image from CBS News.