MT. VERNON – “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.’” – Mister Rogers
We are so thankful to live in an area that is working together to assist all of those in the communities we serve. We are honored and humbled by the outpouring of love from our community through this unprecedented time.
Due to the number of inquiries we have received, we have established a quick guide as to how you can best help us, help you, our community.
1. If you wish to help with the COVID-19 response, please consider donating to our SSM Health Good Samaritan and St. Mary’s Foundations. Donations will be directed to the areas of greatest need as this healthcare situation unfolds. By having this flexibility, we will be better able to serve the community and your healthcare needs during this time. Please visit the links below to make a gift online.
For more information on ways that you can give generously, please contact Shawna Bullard, Regional Director of Fund Development, at 618-899-2511.
2. If you have PPE (personal protective equipment) to donate, such as N95 masks, surgical masks and isolation gowns, please contact us at 618-899-2512. We are in need of PPE, as we face a national shortage. This is the best way for us to protect our patients, our employees, and our community.
3. While we have not reached the point of asking our community to partner with us by sewing masks, we may arrive at that point in the future. At that time, we will communicate a common pattern that will be the most effective. If you would like to be added to our communication list for handmade masks, please contact us at 618-899-2512.
Finally, we cannot begin to express our gratitude to the individuals and businesses who have already been pouring into our healthcare teams: Rend Lake College, Kaskaskia College, Mt. Vernon Township High School, Centralia High School, Men in White Painting, Tri-County Electric Co-Op, Menards, Shores Builders, PPG-Vanex, Dr. Ronat, the Wishau Family, Marion County Health Department, Bayer, Illinois Baptist SA Disaster Relief, Salem High School, St. Mary’s Catholic School of Mt. Vernon, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centralia, and numerous community partners and citizens.