The hospital’s Tonja Fote, emergency department nurse manager, and Vickie Paul now oversee the inspiring project.
Fote explains that some of the people receiving clothing from Cindy’s Closet are trauma patients who arrive with damaged clothing and need something to wear home from the hospital. Others in need include victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. “We also have clothing for families who have been involved in a fire, and many times, arrive in the ER with just a gown or night clothing,” she says. “They are given full attire, including shoes to wear out of the ER.”
Associate nurse manager Shannon Ohl, who has been working in the department for 18 years, says diapers are always needed. “Some patients come to the emergency department and don’t have the items they’ll need for their babies,” she explains, adding that all of the donations offer patients more dignity at a difficult time. “People are always so appreciative,” Ohl adds.
Fote says all people need acts of kindness– regardless of their economic status, place in the community, or walk of life. “This is a small gesture that says we care in times of need.”
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Donations can be dropped off at the security desk in the Emergency Department, in care of Vickie or Tonja. When making a donation, attach your contact information to items if you require a receipt. Questions? Call 937-208-3516.
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