Warm hats, socks, gloves, and scarves are supplied to the Emergency Department at the hospital to be given, free of charge, to any patient who is in need of them.
This service started in 2007 after an Emergency nurse mentioned to a receptionist volunteer how many emergency patients and homeless people end up in the Emergency department in need of dry clothing. Hence, the Emergency Kits came into existence.
The first kits had a warm toque, gloves, scarf, and socks. Since then, suitable Thrift Shop items or reasonably priced items have been added, such as sweaters and stretch lounge pants. Even the nurses have added warm jackets. A cupboard has been purchased to house the clothing and to make it easier for the staff to access and keep tidy.
A small supply of popsicles is kept in the nurses’ fridge for the small patients who come in dehydrated in the summer. Two volunteers are responsible for keeping the cupboard stocked with clothing items appropriate to the season.