Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 17, 2013

Fabric repurposed for medical uses at local nursing home

By SAM HOUSEHOLDER
THE GOSHEN NEWS

— NAPPANEE - One person’s trash is another’s treasure, the old saying goes. For a group of women at a nursing home in Nappanee, that saying has never been more true.

A group of around six women at LuAnn Nursing Home take a couple hours each week to fashion old bedsheets and cloths into strips that can be used for mosquito nets, to hold IVs, as bandages, casts, slings, to make hems for dresses, make curtains, facemasks, gloves and just about any other use that international aid organizations can find.

For the past four years, the women have gotten together in the common area inside the home and worked to rip apart the sheets into neat strips. The strips are then rolled and sent off to the Congo or other places in need.

Barbara Brumbaugh, Goshen, had been doing the activity on her own with her husband John and listed an advertisement in the newspaper looking for supplies to use.

LuAnn Nursing Home activities director Linda Blough saw the ad and realized that they could work together to give residents a purpose for a greater good.

“It makes them feel like they are doing something (for someone else),” Blough said.

The program is run through the White Cross mission of the North American Baptists Inc.

“You don’t realize how much one thing affects another,” Brumbaugh said. “We take so many things for granted.”

The strips are ripped instead of cut so that weaknesses can be found before they reach the field, she said.

The pieces that the group is making currently will be shipped out in October.

Brumbaugh said she is always willing to help other groups involved with the mission. For more information, she can be reached at 574-537-4552.