NORTHWESTERN LAKE FOREST HOSPITAL Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital has staff coordinating donations of meals, snacks, toiletries, PPE gear, and cloth masks for community use. Guidelines are specific; different departments are involved. Donations must be arranged in advance and local restaurants are used to ensure that safety and individual packaging guidelines are met. Looking for a Covid-related remote/online service or art project? Please send laminated cards to patients. The no-visitor policy in effect means they are often unable to have loved ones at their bedsides, sometimes for long hospital stays in isolation. Consider sending bright, cheerful pictures, words of encouragement, etc. to patients, to elevate their spirits by getting cheerful greetings from the community. The cards need to be laminated so they can be disinfected. Post Net in Lake Forest has offered to donate their time and materials to this effort, accepting digital images by email, printing and laminating them and delivering them to LF Hospital free of charge. Anyone interested can contact Post Net directly at 847.234.9422 or through their website:
CAPTAIN JAMES A. LOVELL FEDERAL HEALTH CARE CENTER
The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) is a partner-ship between the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense (DoD), integrating medical care into a federal health care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission.
You can donate to have meals delivered to the front line medical and support workers from local restaurants through "Heroes Helping Heroes". A meal donation program has been set up by volunteers is set up to serve staff in all departments, on all shifts. Troop 48 BSA Lake Forest is partnering to offer a dedicated PayPal link to allow for donations of any amount. The link is https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=AKV62EP4LA6KU&source=url To discuss specific donation needs, contact Deborah Fischer at 847-309-9119 or
HOMEMADE MASKS AND HOSPITAL HEADGEAR
SEWING HELP NEEDED! A volunteer group of local sewists are making free homemade masks for use at medical facilities, senior living residences, youth group homes and more. Called the "Lake Forest - Lake Bluff Homemade Mask Project", a collection and distribution network has also been created to aid the sewists in picking up, sanitizing (if needed) and distributing the handmade masks around the local LF/LB and Lake County area. Members of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club and Lake Forest International Club are assisting with the project. A variety of patterns and materials are being used by the sewists, offering the facilities a wide range of uses. Interested in sewing or getting masks for your facility? Please contact or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Lake Forest and Lake Bluff's First Responders! Donations of Food or Equipment, including N95 masks, surgical masks (commercially made), protective gowns, Tyvek suits, gloves, face shields/eyeware are being accepted by the Police and Fire Departments in each town. There will also be information soon on an upcoming PPE Collection Drive; more details to come.
Donati’s Pizza has partnered with Phoenix Rising Food Pantry and Shields Township to create a contactless Food Pantry open 7 days a week from 10 am-8 pm. Donati's also will have delivery available for our seniors in 60044 and 60045. Please visit them at 205 S Waukegan Rd, Lake Bluff IL 60044 or contact Jeff Urso,
SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS
Governor Pritzker announced that all dine-in restaurant service is suspended from through April 30. Restaurants may continue to offer pick-up and delivery service. In these trying times, we pledge to continue our efforts to support the business community and to encourage residents to support their favorite local businesses by purchasing gift cards, ordering carry outs & delivery, and buying meals for local hospital staff members from our restaurants. Need ideas how to help? Email for suggestions and follow our Facebook Page at
COMMUNITY SUPPORT & WELL-BEING
In this time, it's so important that we reach out -- from a socially appropriate distance -- to neighbors, seniors, young families and anyone who may need some help. Whether the challenges are physical or due to the effects of isolation, we hope everyone realizes we are in this together. From becoming pen pals with senior citizens, to grocery shopping for a neighbor, to simply chatting by phone, there are many ways to stay connected. And don't be shy about asking for help -- please reach out! We all need to help each other, and get through this together.