Daniel Webster Council and New Hampshire Hospital Association announce “Scouts Support Hospitals” Initiative

Boy Scouts Launch Statewide Effort to Make Homemade Masks and Collect Care Packages for New Hampshire’s Hardworking Healthcare Workers

Manchester, NH: In light of the significant challenges that the evolving COVID-19 crisis is creating for New Hampshire’s hospitals and their hardworking healthcare workers, the Daniel Webster Council–Boy Scouts of America and the New Hampshire Hospital Association have come together to announce the statewide “Scouts Support Hospitals” initiative. 

Through this effort, the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America in New Hampshire are issuing a call to action today for Scouting families statewide to make homemade masks and create, collect and deliver care packages to doctors, nurses, first responders and other medical professionals tirelessly serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. 

In a statement, Jay Garee, Scout Executive for the Daniel Webster Council, said, “The Boy Scout motto is ‘Be Prepared’ and few better embody this ethic than our brave healthcare workers, who are preparing for a surge of COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire. The selfless doctors, nurses, first responders and medical professionals who are working day and night with little rest and at great risk to their own health deserve our support. We are energized to kick off this program today to help get them the resources they need, and to let them know that we are grateful for their service and that we will stand with them in the days and weeks ahead.” 

Steve Ahnen, President of the New Hampshire Hospital Association added, “We are truly grateful to the Daniel Webster Council for volunteering to support our medical professionals during this time of great need. Today we see our doctors, nurses and other health care workers rushing in to help others despite the potential risks to themselves. They took an oath to serve and they do it with distinction every day. Their commitment and sacrifice on our behalf as they serve on the front lines of this unique and deadly crisis requires us to give them all of the support and compassion we can. We are proud to work on their behalf, and we look forward to working with the Scouts to implement this initiative.” 

More about the “Scouts Support Hospitals” Initiative: Based on guidance from the NHHA on essential items that can be collected and donated to support New Hampshire’s medical professionals, the DWC will ask its scouts, scout volunteers and families to collect essential items, including, but not limited to, chapstick, chocolate, gum, hair ties, head bands, hand-lotion (non-scented), mints, pre-packaged snacks, pre-paid Dunkin’ gift cards, protein bars, and travel-size dry shampoo. Scouts will also be provided with guidance from hospitals on how to make homemade masks for inclusion in care packages. As care packages are prepared, the Scouts will coordinate deliveries to area hospitals, carefully observing all state and federal health guidelines on social distancing and other coronavirus specific directives 

More about the Daniel Webster Council: The mission of the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Through the mission, the Daniel Webster Council serves more than 8500 families through more than 350 community partners throughout the Granite State. Visit www.nhscouting.org for more information. 

More about the New Hampshire Hospital Association: The New Hampshire Hospital Association represents the Granite State’s 31 hospitals. Its mission is to provide leadership through advocacy, education and information in support of its member hospitals and health care delivery systems in delivering high quality health care to the patients and communities they serve. 

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FAQs for Unit Leaders

What supplies are hospitals looking for
Based on guidance from the NHHA on essential items that can be collected and donated to support New Hampshire’s medical professionals, the Daniel Webster Council will ask its Scouting families to collect essential items, including, but not limited to, chapstick, chocolate, gum, hair ties, head bands, hand-lotion (non-scented), mints, pre-packaged snacks, pre-paid Dunkin’ gift cards, protein bars, and travel-size dry shampoo.

How do individual families donate masks and/or supplies?
Families can donate their supplies to their local Scouting unit; otherwise families can contact the Eric Oulette at eric.oulette@scouting.org

What’s a safe way to collect requested supplies?
While practicing social distancing, families can request supplies through supermarkets, convenience stores, amazon etc. The local Council is working diligently with our local vendors to provide these items as well.

How do I get my care package to a hospital in need?
If a family does not hear from a local unit regarding this initiative, then our council service center is willing to help. Reach out to Eric Oulette at eric.oulette@scouting.org to get more information on how to do so!

Should my Scouting unit collect care packages from it’s members to donate as one larger gift?
As we practice social distancing and to minimize the risk of spread, it would be best to donate as one larger package. If this can not be arranged, we will work with you to figure out the best solution!

Can I donate money instead of supplies? If so, how?
In lieu of money, gift cards would be best (ie Dunkin’, Walmart, CVS, Amazon, etc) and can be delivered straight to the hospitals.

For questions and guidance on how to make a donation once you have the supplies ready, please contact us at Eric Oulette at eric.oulette@scouting.org