Getting Through This Together
May 28, 2020
It is times of difficulty that truly test a community’s character. In the time of COVID-19, our Eastside community has proven itself generous, steadfast and unstinting in its support for caregivers and its concern for one another.
Case in point: From the beginning of the pandemic, hospitals across the country raced to ensure they had adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for caregivers. Our community—both residents and businesses—opened their hearts and pitched in.
People searched through their basements, garages and storerooms all over the Eastside. They turned up masks, gloves and gowns. They found or purchased bottles of hand sanitizer and packages of disinfecting wipes. Those with connections overseas reached out to them to secure supplies for us. Some people pulled out their sewing machines and went to work producing cloth masks for themselves and for their neighbors.
Day after day, a stream of kind community members drove up and delivered their PPE to Foundation staffers. Locally, some companies that normally manufacture other products quickly retooled to produce desperately needed medical equipment.
Meanwhile, as our caregivers labored over the testing and treatment of our patients, the community stepped up with food to fuel them. Meals, snacks, pastries and coffee were delivered daily. Many restaurants donated their food, while others gave customers the opportunity to purchase meals to be delivered to our main campus and our clinics.
The costs of the response to the pandemic have been high, and again our generous community stepped up. Hundreds of donors made gifts of all sizes. All told, our community contributed over $1 million to help fight the virus.
In 1960, the Eastside worked together to build this hospital to care for their neighbors. In this, the year of our 60th anniversary, we still rely on you, our incredible, invincible community, and you have stood by us once again. Thank you.
To learn more or make a gift to support Overlake’s COVID-19 response, please visit overlakehospital.org/COVIDsupport.