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Ottawa group sews medical gowns for homeless shelter volunteers

Ottawa Gowns 4 Homeless plans to donate 2,500 gowns to Ottawa Inner City Health.
By: Stewart Wiseman
June 04, 2020
Photo: Ottawa Gowns 4 Homeless

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult for small community health groups to obtain the same personal protective equipment (PPE) as hospitals and larger public health service providers. After hearing that staff at Ottawa Inner City Health could not protect themselves adequately, Michael and Leonor Ward founded Ottawa Gowns 4 Homeless to donate gowns for health workers in homeless shelters. The Wards were told by Ottawa Inner City Health that sewing a gown is simple enough for a beginner, and they soon began recruiting a team of sewers across Ottawa. Michael Ward says that he and his wife took up the challenge despite not knowing how to sew.

Ottawa Gowns 4 Homeless has a goal of sewing and donating 2,500 medical isolation gowns for health workers at Ottawa Inner City Health. While he initially had doubts about reaching that lofty goal, Michael Ward says that the group has already donated 1,000 gowns and is only 500 gowns short of reaching 2,500 sewn. Michael and Leonor Ward continue to accumulate and provide materials for their network of sewers, and are in contact with Ottawa hotels and fabric stores for material donations.

Source: CBC News Ottawa

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