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Archive July 2016 XVII, No. 7

Ideas That Work: Turn Blue Wrap Into Bags, Bedrolls for the Homeless

the Sew What Club LOCAL HEROES The sewing club at Dieruff High School in Allentown, Pa., with Brett Feldman, PA-C (back row, left), director of Lehigh Valley Health Network's Street Medicine program.

Turn Blue Wrap Into Bags, Bedrolls for the Homeless

Ever wonder what to do with the mounds of blue wrap left over at the end of a week's worth of surgery? We partnered with the sewing club at a nearby high school to transform leftover wrap into drawstring bags, tarps, bedrolls and ponchos that we then distribute to homeless in the community. Our surgical team gathers a portion of the blue wrap set aside for recycling, checks to make sure it's not contaminated and removes leftover tape. I then drive it over to the high school, visit with the students and pick up any items they've completed. The homeless truly appreciate receiving the water-resistant articles, and the high school sewing team, which does an amazing job, feels great about helping out the less fortunate. We feel good, too, knowing that our health network is repurposing with a purpose.

Katie Velekei
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, Pa.

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