Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Monday, March 23, 2020
As hospitals nationwide try to find enough masks for doctors and nurses in the battle against COVID-19, churches are helping fill in the gap.
Rock Church in Virginia Beach, Va., donated a total of 4,000 N95 masks to four area hospitals last week, according to WAVY-TV: Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital and Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.
The masks had been in storage to use for mission trips.
“We at Rock Church would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your dedication and work in providing much-needed care for our community and loved ones,” the church said in a letter to the hospitals. “… We hope that this will help in some small measure, the battle that you are in against the coronavirus.”
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital said in a statement, “This generous donation … will help our teams on the front line immensely. Thank you!”
Meanwhile, volunteers at Macedonia Baptist Church in Holland, Mich., are using sewing machines to make homemade masks for local medical professionals, WOOD-TV reported.
“We want to reach out to the community in whichever way we can help them – spiritually, with materials like the masks, anything,” church assistant Elda Haak told the television station.
The homemade masks technically don’t meet N95 regulations but can be used “for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort,” the CDC says.
Daniela Egelmeer, a pediatrician at Holland Pediatric Associates, said N95 masks “are very scarce right now.”
“So, we’re trying to keep those and give them to the people who are going to be right in contact with the sickest patients,” she said.