The fight against COVID-19 has caused plenty of stress for Healthcare Workers, it’s also given them other struggles including a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Nobody knows that better than Selena Srabian and her sister Anna Ryan. Selena is an ICU nurse at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. Faced with patients on ventilators and seemingly endless treatments, Selena easily finds herself getting stressed. Anna is an emergency department nurse as Sutter Medical Center in Sacremento and has no shortage of stress of her own.
When the pandemic began the sisters noticed that among the shortages of PPE was a lack of scrub hats. While in the past they were only worn during certain occasions, this COVID-19 Pandemic has required extra precautions be worn more regularly, hence the hats running low.
The sisters first started making hats from gown scraps at Annie and Isabel, giving them out to coworkers and friends. “Everyone at work wanted more. That’s kind of part of where it came up in our heads like, ‘Maybe we should do this. It’s bringing so much joy to our coworkers on the front lines,’” Ryan said.
So the two started a group called Project Protect with Heart. They created this group to make scrub hats with the goal of protecting frontline workers, while bringing them together. The choice to make hats was also borne out of practicality. Without hospital-grade production, masks and gowns would be useless to healthcare workers.
The sisters partnered with Sacramento artist Tim Collom who gave the hats a heart print. The project is funded by donations and purchases of Tim’s custom print, and all the proceeds go to the project.
Project Protect with Heart has raised around $25,000.00, to make scrub hats at a cost of $10 each. That’s 2,500 hats! The project will be shipping these hats to hospitals in need and expect to be able to pick up the first box of 1,000 hats from their manufacturer later this week. You can find more on these heart filled individuals and their effort in your Good News Story of the Day, here.
Their current goal is to raise $50,000 to make 5,000 scrub hats, but they would love to be able to do more. Big Heart donors can sponsor an entire box of hats with a $500 donation, allowing them to include a personalized note.
Story and Image from the Sacramento Bee.