FBC Gadsden women provide help for area nurses comment (0)
August 28, 2008
Many wouldn’t suspect that old newspapers, torn bed sheets and used dry-cleaning bags could be used in ministry, but these three pieces of trash are exactly what First Baptist Church, Gadsden, collects to make into something useful.
Every fifth Monday, the Woman’s Missionary Union of the Etowah Baptist Association church takes these items that people don’t want or will throw away to create “linen savers,” pads given to nurses who provide service to people in their homes.
The pads, which are not covered by patients’ insurance and are costly for the nurses to purchase, are easy to make. The women at First, Gadsden, lay down the bed sheet, put five sheets of newspaper on it and place the plastic dry-cleaning bag on top of the newspaper. Then they fold the extra bed-sheet material over the newspaper and dry-cleaning bag and stitch the edges together.
The group, which usually makes between 125 and 250 pads at each meeting, has been doing this ministry for more than 50 years.
“It is a much-needed ministry,” said Ila Mae Wright, a member of the group at First, Gadsden. “The nurses tell us it makes the people more comfortable and having these pads — it saves them from washing a lot of linens.”
Wright added that the ministry is practical in its recycling of materials and cost-effective since the only thing the group has to purchase is thread.
Bryan Blass is pastor of First, Gadsden.