SRMC Makes a Practice of Stitching Sleeping Bags for the Homeless

By: Contributed Report | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: January 26, 2020 | 1:30 p.m.

VIRGINIA – On Saturday, January 18, 2020, employees and volunteers spent the day at Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) sewing together sleeping bags for homeless Petersburg, Virginia residents. The January event is the second of many future sewing days at SRMC. 

On Saturday, sixty-eight sleeping bags were made at the hospital and sixteen will be completed by volunteers taking the material home to sew. In total, eighty-three sleeping bags will be donated this January – outpacing the November sewing day of fifty-three sleeping bags. Multiple volunteers from all areas of specialties at SRMC, as well as family members of employees, participated.

A number of SRMC staffers spent their Saturday helping craft sleeping bags for the community’s homeless population as temperatures continue to decline and nighttime temperatures hover below freezing. (SRMC)

The sleeping bags are made from surgical wraps that would otherwise be discarded. The wraps house clean instruments to keep them sterilized.  The sterilized instruments are then transferred from the wraps onto a table for the surgeon to use. The wrap is then thrown away; it cannot be reused in the medical setting.  It never touches any soiled areas or equipment. In order to create sleeping bags, the clean sterilization wraps are sewn together. 

The plastic material is durable, waterproof and holds in heat well, which makes them perfect tools for staying warm in the winter. 

The newly created sleeping bags will go to Cares, Inc., a shelter in Petersburg.

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