FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seattle, WA – Swedish recently donated 1,000 emergency preparedness kits to Lifelong (value $55,000). Lifelong is a community health organization that serves chronically ill individuals in 18 counties in Western Washington through food, housing, and health services.
The majority of the kits will be delivered to Lifelong’s homebound and isolated clients —1,000 total — served by the Chicken Soup Brigade food program in Seattle/King County. A small number will go to clients living in more rural areas throughout Western Washington.
Volunteer delivery drivers will drop-off the kits in person to clients, most of whom are over the age of 65 and have little to no support system to help them in times of crisis.
“Our clients living with limited mobility issues and chronic illness will be among the most vulnerable in the event of a natural disaster or emergency,” states Paul Getzel, Director of Chicken Soup Brigade. “When the worst happens, these kits will help keep our clients as safe and healthy as possible. We are grateful to Swedish for this generous donation that will provide substantial peace of mind to our clients and their families.”
The emergency preparedness kits are developed by American Preparedness, a Seattle based veteran owned business and leading manufacturer and distributor of emergency preparedness kits for government, military, businesses, disaster relief organizations, and individuals and families.
These kits contain life-saving items such as food packets, water pouches, a thermal blanket, flashlight, and a first aid kit. Kits are available at: www.AmericanPreparedness.com
Lifelong is the leading community health organization that serves people with chronic illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, in Western Washington. We believe all people have a right to a roof over their head, healthy food to eat, and access to affordable healthcare. Lifelong delivers food, housing, and health services; collaborates with community organizations on the prevention and care of chronic disease; and advocates for effective HIV/AIDS policy. Simply put —we make health work.
Founded in 1910, Swedish is the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. In 2014, Swedish provided more than $133 million in community benefit in Western Washington. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter or www.twitter.com/swedish.