- Operating room nurses and staff members at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital in Fenton are giving back to their community in a unique way.
- Hospital workers all over the US recently began sewing sleeping mats for homeless people.
- St. Clare used to throw away thousands of blue wraps which ended up in landfills, but not anymore.
- Most of these nurses say they had no clue how to even thread a needle before getting involved.
Operating room staff and other hospital personnel spend the large majority of their day helping people in hospitals. Now, on top of their regular job duties, some nurses have started helping people out on the streets as well.
Every month, hospital workers around the country meet up to sew sleeping mats for the homeless community. These mats are intended to give protection and warmth to homeless people who normally are forced to sleep on cold, hard ground.
More nurses are helping out homeless people using their creativity, some basic sewing skills, and a passion to save waste and do good. The team doesn’t buy material from a fabric store. They make the mats out of blue wrap used to sterilize surgical instruments that surgeons use during operations.
Team leader Jared Faurot said:
“The wraps are collected before the patient enters the room or before the procedure even occurs, so they are completely clean the whole time.”
The St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Missouri, for instance, used to throw out thousands of these surgical wraps. Since the hospital started making these sleeping mats from surgical wraps, they’ve eliminated 250 pounds of waste from their local landfills. The material, which is not bio-degradable, is now being recycled for a good cause.
This touching story becomes all the more interesting when you realize that most of the nurses who now make them had never previously sewn, or even threaded a needle before they started making those mats.
Despite their busy schedules and the stresses that come with their job, these nurses still managed to teach themselves how to sew.
Now the homeless in the hospital’s neighborhood sleep warmer at night by using these blue, surgical wrap sleeping mats, thanks to the nurses who took time to help the less fortunate.
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