Support for health-care workersJune 4, 2020
On June 4, 2020, the World Mission Society Church of God in Toronto donated 700 homemade nursing caps to Altamont Care Community in Scarborough. It was the Church of God’s second donation to a long-term care home since the city went into lockdown, for a total of 1,100 nursing caps.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, health-care workers suffered from a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), especially medical face masks and gloves. But what many didn’t realize is that nursing caps were also in short supply. After one of our members raised the issue, church members rallied together to make 400 nursing caps for her and her colleagues at the Kipling Acres home in Etobicoke.
After that, members were inspired to continue making nursing caps to support other long-term care homes in Toronto. After reading reports about a lack of PPE at Altamont Care Community, which suffered an outbreak that killed at least 46 residents, the church decided to make and donate 700 nursing caps to support the staff at this facility.
Our church members were deeply saddened by the COVID-19 outbreaks that devastated long-term care homes in Canada, with the majority of deaths occurring at the facilities that take care of some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The church members wanted to do their part to lessen the burden of staff working at these care homes, and eagerly dedicated countless hours to sewing the nursing caps.
“Our health-care workers are putting their lives at risk to protect Canadians. They are doing the work of a mother who would risk her own life to save her children,” one member said. “We really want to deliver Heavenly Mother’s love to the long-term care staff through this donation of nursing caps, so that they can feel protected and encouraged to continue their important work.”
The Church of God would like to sincerely thank the medical staff who are on the front lines, risking their lives to protect all of us.