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Nurses make sleeping bags for homeless people

Nurses make sleeping bags for homeless
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Nurses from the Tampa General Hospital in Florida, USA, have taken the initiative to help homeless people.

The nurses have taken to recycling sterile wraps, which are used to protect surgical instruments, turning them into warm and waterproof sleeping bags, as per WFTS on Oct. 28. 

“I see all these sterile wrappers and we just throw them away, so I thought, what a cool recycling initiative to help the homeless,” said nurse anesthetist Nicole Hubbard, who got the idea from social media, according to the report. “The beauty about it is they conserve heat and they’re waterproof.”

Nurses and “sewing pros” Lucy and Claudia then sat down to work out the sewing pattern for the sleeping bags.

“We sat down together and we figured out they all come in different sizes…,” they said. “Some of the larger ones are over six feet long so they can be rolled down for comfort, rolled up to cover [shoulders].”

Karley Wright, a registered nurse, also e-mailed hospital employees asking them if they could help in sewing the sterile wrap into sleeping bags—and the response has been nothing short of overwhelming. 

The hospital employees have sewn 100 sleeping bags thus far, as per the report, which will be distributed across Tampa Bay to people experiencing homelessness.  Cody Cepeda /ra


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