I am Michael Gottesman, a retired attorney and the Admin of "Shoes 4 ICUs," a Facebook community dedicated to getting our medical provides (ICUs, radiology, etc.), hospitals and first responders (EMTs & Ambulance Corps) the items they need to keep themselves, their families and their patients protected from COVID-19. Information about our group is below.
Last Thursday, a Facebook post was shared with me. It was a post from an ICU nurse at one of our local hospitals. In part it said:
"I am asking for donations of lightly used nonslip water proof shoes for the nurses. These will stay in the COVID-19 ICU and are able to be bleached down. This is so these nurses don’t have to be scared of what they are bringing home to their families. Please if you have any extra to spare let me know!"
The plea broke my heart as these are the medical providers on the “front lines,” fighting the epidemic and they should not have to worry about putting themselves or their families at risk.
At that moment, I decided to do my part to help out. So I started the “SHOES 4 ICUs,” Facebook page as a place for "free exchange of information;" A place where medical providers and the public could exchange information about urgent needs. So now we have a place where our front line medical providers can let us know the things they need, large and small, to make their job easier; A place where we can help meet those needs.
Currently, we are working with Atlantic Health System, St. Joseph’s Health Care System and the Wayne Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Our goal is to expand to all of Northern New Jersey and you can help accomplish that goal.
Please check us out, join us and share our page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Shoes4ICUs/
You can drop off supplies or ship supplies to the locations shown on our page or to make it easier, we’ve set-up an “Amazon Wishlist” where we are posting specific need from hospitals, medical providers, EMTs and ambulance corps:
We believe that small acts of kindness can become a title-wave of caring.
Thank you and God Bless.
MIchael "Mike" Gottesman
Currently, you can drop donations in the drop-off bin or ship to:
Shoes 4 ICUs, C/O Michael Gottesman, 94 Independence Ave, Wayne, NJ 07470
You can also drop donations in the drop-off bin in front of:
Spa 23, 381 NJ-23, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
We have also set-up an “Amazon Wishlist” where we are posting specific need from hospitals, medical providers and ambulance corps at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/250OWIRHOXVPJ?ref_=wl_share