Well friends, we are deep into the Second Wave here in North America, and thus we’ve dusted off the ol’ website to bring you the news you need in These Trying Times.
From the Department of Yes, Good News Still Exists comes Lifeline Tablets in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their mission is to support and enable interpersonal connectedness for Covid-19 patients in quarantine. They do this by donating tablets to them, and yes, you can help. Sure, hospitals may have wifi these days, but they don’t have devices for the patients to use, and they no longer have those (ridiculously expensive) bedside tvs and telephones, so someone in the hospital or at home without a device is truly cut off from everything and everyone.
The idea for Lifeline Tablets resulted from reading heartbreaking news stories about COVID-19 patients, isolated in hospitals from their families and friends, unable to communicate with them. Images of nurses holding up their own cell phones to allow for a final goodbye were similarly disturbing.
For just under $100, we supply kits that include a pre-configured mobile tablet, hands free gooseneck stand, and headphones with mic. As a registered US nonprofit, donations to Lifeline Tablets are tax deductible. We have created the kits with the hospital environment in mind, with a focus on ease of use, sterilization requirements, and to allow incapacitated patients to be able to communicate hands free.
If you’d like to support the mission, you can donate money via their secure Square page. If you know someone or an institution in need of tablets, you can contact them at info at lifelinetablets dot org. If you’d like to volunteer, hook them up with a source of tablets, or interview them, use the same email address. And you can go to their website and scroll to the bottom of the page to subscribe to their newsletter.
And as we always say, Sharing is Caring, so even if you have no tech or dosh to donate or request, you can still Follow, retweet, and share on Facebook, LinkedIn, and wherever else the cool kids are spending their time these days. How should we know? We’re so old we’re still using our Plague Mask from the FIRST pandemic (Sparta FTW!).