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DWC Scouts launch support initiative

By Staff | Apr 4, 2020

In light of the significant challenges that the evolving COVID-19 crisis is creating for New Hampshire’s hospitals and their health care workers, the Daniel Webster Council – Boy Scouts of America and the New Hampshire Hospital Association have come together to announce the statewide Scouts Support Hospitals initiative.

Through this effort,the Daniel Webster Council – Boy Scouts of Americain New Hampshire are issuing a call to action today for Scouting families statewide to make homemade masks and create, collect and deliver care packages to doctors, nurses, first responders and other medical professionals serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

In a statement, Jay Garee, Scout executive for the Daniel Webster Council, said, “The Boy Scout motto is ‘Be Prepared’ and few better embody this ethic than our brave health care workers, who are preparing for a surge of COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire. The selfless doctors, nurses, first responders and medical professionals who are working day and night with little rest and at great risk to their own health deserve our support. We are energized to kick off this program today to help get them the resources they need, and to let them know that we are grateful for their service and that we will stand with them in the days and weeks ahead.”

Based on guidance from the NHHA on essential items that can be collected and donated to support New Hampshire’s medical professionals, the DWC will ask its scouts, scout volunteers and families to collect essential items, including, but not limited to, chapstick, chocolate, gum, hair ties, head bands, hand-lotion (non-scented), mints, pre-packaged snacks, pre-paid Dunkin’ gift cards, protein bars, and travel-size dry shampoo. Scouts also will be provided with guidance from hospitals on how to make homemade masks for inclusion in care packages. As care packages are prepared, the Scouts will coordinate deliveries to area hospitals, carefully observing all state and federal health guidelines on social distancing and other coronavirus specific directives.

For additional information, Visit www.nhscouting.org.

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