This past summer (2008) on my visit to Ukraine Gayla took me out to a village called Mishkavitza – there we visited a small village clinic with about 10 patients….it reminded me of a nursing home. I noticed all of the pateints holding tightly onto small thin plastic bags that contained medicine, bandages, ointment, etc. I learned that in their country the patient is responsible for their own “medical supplies”, so any items needed to treat the patient by the medical staff would be given to them from the patients own bag of supplies.
I would like to provide the patients with a better bag to use – so I have chosen a gift tote that is made out of material similar to the reusable grocery bags and I am doing a fundraiser “buy a bag – send a bag”. My goal is to send these (and other) patients in clinic settings a bag that is filled with personal care items and then can be used over and over.
Thanks to the quilting women at Sunbury United Methodist Church with the guidance of Jacqui Wessel 138 bags were made from donated materials!
Items we need for the bags: toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, wash cloth (dark in color), comb/brush, small mirror, hand sanitizer, wet ones/body wipes, hand towel, chap stick, hotel size shampoo, lotion. There is also a need for latex gloves, non-stick gauze, bandaids, gauze rolls, first aid ointments, multi-vitamins, ace wraps, sewing supplies.
We certainly don’t have the perfect medical system in place in the U.S., but we are lucky to be here!