Several Area Organizations are partnering together to make and provide gowns to nursing homes around Iowa. Those organizations are asking for help from the public with this project. The organizations involved include Iowa Prison Industries, The Fort Dodge Prison, Iowa Central Community College, The Fort Dodge Community Foundation/United Way Fort Dodge, The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, Unity Point, The City Of Fort Dodge and Webster County. The Director of Iowa Prison Industries Dan Clark approached Jim Kersten Vice President at Iowa Central to see if the college could set up a distribution center where volunteer citizens could come pick packages of gown material and supplies. Each bag will have sheets of fabric and directions on how to sew the gowns. The volunteer sewer would take the bag home and return the bag with completed gowns,. Unity Point Hospital will wash, sanitize, and package the gowns. Iowa Prison Industries would then transport the gowns to Camp Dodge for statewide distribution by the Iowa National Guard. The components needed to produce gowns will be cut and packaged for home sewers. Bags of fabric and material will be available to be picked up at the Iowa Central Rec. Center (adjacent to the Iowa Workforce Development Office on the the main campus) between 9 am- Noon Monday-Saturday. Volunteers with questions can call United Way of Fort Dodge at 515-573-3180 or Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance at 515-955-5500.
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