Southeastern to 'Mask Up and Make a Difference' for health care providers


Thursday, April 9, 2020 Mask Up
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Southeastern Foundation are working to help supplement the low inventory of masks for health care providers through a project called “Mask Up and Make a Difference.”
     “We want to make sure that all of our nursing graduates have masks and are ready to immediately help with this crisis,” said Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Carruth. “Please help us provide SLU Lion masks to our healthcare providers and front line workers caring for our Lion Nation community by supporting the ‘Mask Up’ Project. We have supplies and several easy patterns. The masks you make will be donated to those in need.”
     Carruth said volunteers are needed to sew partially or completely finished masks or teach family or community members to do so. Those who cannot sew can help the cause by making a donation to the “Mask Up” project for the purchase of additional supplies via the Southeastern Foundation. To make a donation or download the mask pattern, visit
     “Charlotte Humphries, Kinesiology and Health Studies retiree, and Michelle Reed of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences have worked to create the logistics of reaching out to our community,” Carruth said. “For example, the Hammond Art Guild and other community members have stepped up to help the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Mask-Up our healthcare partners.”
     The masks will first go to current and future Southeastern alumni and then to the regional medical population after the need is filled, Carruth said.
     “The Foundation is grateful for this partnership in support of the university and its alumni,” said Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale. “During this time of great need, we are eager to lend our hand by helping coordinate in this effort.”
     Contact to request materials or deliver partially or completed masks. Masks can also be dropped off in the collection box under the breezeway at 400 Mane St. at the Kinesiology and Health Sciences Building.

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