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Girl Scouts donate to donate to health care workers


Last updated 4/30/2020 at 5:44am

Local Girl Scouts Talisen V. and Bridget B. hold one of the disposable lab coats that was donated to the staff of MedPlus Urgent Care.

FALLBROOK – Wondering how they could help their community, Fallbrook/Bonsall/Rainbow Girl Scouts decided to reevaluate what they had on hand and see how they could "use resources wisely" and be "considerate and caring," which are excerpts from the Girl Scout Law, to give back to the Friendly Village and do their part in the community's time of crisis. Looking over inventory lists, one item immediately jumped out at them, boxes of adult sized disposable laboratory coats.

When Fallbrook Hospital closed in 2014, the hospital supply vendors could not take back any cases of disposable supplies that had been opened, even if individual pieces were still in sale packages. After the hospital district's final big sale, there were many things left over that were scheduled to go to the landfill.

The local Girl Scouts obtained a large amount of these items, such as gowns, test tubes, gloves, tissues, etc. to use in craft projects and to keep the items from being dumped in an already stressed landfill.

They have, over time, used up many of these items but still had some adult-sized disposable laboratory coats made of the same nonporous fabric and design as the disposable gowns used by infection control personnel.

The Girl Scouts chose to donate their supply of laboratory coats to the local MedPlus Urgent Care on Alvarado Street.

Dr. Graydon Skeoch, the medical director of the urgent care facility, said he was grateful for the gift and noted that the laboratory coats would be put to good use by his staff.

According to these Girl Scouts, "We all have a part to play, and thinking globally but acting locally is how we will get through this together."

Submitted by Fallbrook/Bonsall/Rainbow Girl Scouts.


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