Submitted by: Nightingale Healthcare

Arlington Health and Rehabilitation, a skilled nursing facility located in Arlington, was of the first local recipients to get hand-stitched masks as part of Mount Vernon-based Days for Girls’ “Masks 4 Millions” Campaign, receiving 200 earlier this week. It’s sister facility in Bellingham, Mt. Baker Care Center, also received a donation of 35 masks. The “Masks for Millions” Campaign was initiated to help alleviate the critical shortage of face masks worn by first responders and frontline healthcare professionals amid the COVID-19 crisis.

“Our emails and phone lines have been flooded with requests for face masks to distribute to medical personnel and patients around the world,” said Celeste Mergens, Founder and CEO of Days for Girls. “Those who know Days for Girls know that we have 70,000 volunteers, and a majority of them are sewers, so these calls are not a surprise. We are ready to pivot to answer the need!”

Mergens hand-delivered the masks to both Arlington Health and Rehabilitation and Mt. Baker Care Center earlier this week, both skilled nursing facilities owned and operated by Bellingham-based Nightingale Healthcare.

“These masks allow our caregivers to provide proper care to our residents while also staying safe,” said Terry Myers, Administrator of Arlington Health and Rehabilitation. “We are so grateful to the many volunteers that put their sewing skills to the test and spent their valuable time on this project so that we can continue to do our jobs and serve this community.”

For more information about Days for Girls or to learn how you can contribute to the “Masks 4 Millions” Campaign, please visit https://www.daysforgirls.org/masks4millions.

To stay up to date on how COVID-19 is impacting Nightingale Healthcare facilities, please visit the “Coronavirus Update” banner on its website athttps://www.nightingaleliving.com/coronavirus/.

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