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Hospice, Iowa Veterans Home in need of face masks

Contributed photo The Iowa River Hospice house is in need of face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer are needed at Iowa River Hospice of Marshalltown, director Emily Carson said Friday.

The situation is not dire, she said, but donations are appreciated for the nonprofit facility which provides end-of-life care.

“We will have staff available beginning Monday to accept donations,” Carson said. “All donations must be in their original packaging.”

Carson, who has been director two years and a veteran employee, said she and staff have been touched by the generosity of Central Iowans.

“We greatly appreciate the support of all who responded to our previous requests,” she said. “We are all in this together.”

T-R file photo The Iowa Veterans home is in need of face masks and snacks for the residents.

Donations should be delivered to Iowa River Hospice at 502 Plaza Heights Rd.

However, no visitors are allowed inside to protect patients, staff and volunteers from the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information, contact IRH at 641-753-7704, or visit its Facebook page.

Iowa Veterans Home

The Iowa Veterans Home is also in need of face masks and snacks, as well.

Volunteer services coordinator Aimee Deimerly-Snyder said Saturday “We are projecting a shortage of face masks if the coronavirus pandemic does hit Marshall County and IVH. We want to be fully prepared. If it does hit as predicted, we will run short unless things change with manufacturers supplying us.”

Deimerly-Snyder said IVH will accept face masks made by volunteers.

“Cotton fabric is great,” she said. “Adult sizes are needed.”

Ribbons or elastic may be used.

The longtime employee said donations of packaged snacks like potato chips and Little Debbie snack cakes would be appreciated.

Food donations must be in their original packaging.

Donations may be shipped to IVH, 1301 Summit St., Marshalltown, IA, 50158.

Visitors bearing donations to IVH must deliver them specifically to the Quartermaster’s Office, underneath the Malloy Building on the west side of the campus.

Donators are to ring a green button. Staff will arrive wearing face masks and googles and will unload items from visitors’ vehicle.

The Veterans Home cares for nearly 500 residents and has 900 employees.

Established in 1888, it is one of the largest veterans care facilities in the United States.

For more information, contact Deimerly-Snyder at 641-753-4406 or AimeeDeimerly@ivh.state.ia.us.

Contact Mike Donahey at mdonahey@timesrepublican.com

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