What do we need at the shelter? Cold medicine, disinfectant and masks

The weather is changing, which is the height of cold season, leading up to allergy season in Minnesota. We have experienced this year after year. I do, you probably do and our guests do too. Might be a sniffle or a cough, but as we all know, this year is different. We are hyper sensitive due to fears of coronavirus. We are hyper vigilant.

In lieu of public nurses on the street, the shelter serves a public health service to promote and facilitate good health with our guests experiencing homelessness as well as help them find medical attention when they need it. With that in mind, we are in need of the following:

  • Cold medicine (tablet form) for day or night, non-alcohol cough syrup and drops
  • Disinfectant sprays or wipes – not air freshener
  • Face masks (surgical)

We have been trying to get these items, but as you might imagine, the shelves are empty. If you are able to donate, please visit us from 6-9pm at Elim Church. Or we have various daytime hours for drop off. (Learn more.)

Also worth noting – the first winter shelters are due to close April 2 with many more to follow, like us, by April 30. Guests will be losing a place to sleep and the general public will be losing a frontline provider of public health service and we run the risk of putting sick people out to live in public.

Published by Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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