120 handmade masks were created by members of HSB’s Beloved Bear program—a program through which family members can receive a teddy bear dressed in clothes made from the garments of a loved one who has passed away. Fifty masks have already been donated directly to Cottage Hospital.
Due to the shortage of medical masks, Cottage is reserving all medical grade masks (N95) for doctors and nurses working with COVID-19 and similar type patients. 50 of the handmade masks will be reserved for Cottage employees for non-urgent use.
“We want to provide our employees every available option, while ongoing hospital care continues for patients who require hospitalization unrelated to COVID-19 care. Opportunities exist to use procedure masks, and these masks are increasingly scarce,” according to Cottage Health.
The remaining handmade masks will be offered to HSB’s PCS Volunteers who are out grocery shopping and running errands for patients as well as to all HSB Staff.
So far, the mask-making volunteers have made 120 masks. The masks are made of 100% fine cotton on one side and flannel on the other with elastic bands to hold the mask in place. The Beloved Bear volunteers have committed to making 180 masks and more if needed.
Hospice of Santa Barbara
Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara also provides counseling in our offices and on fifteen local junior and high school campuses to children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.