LETTER: If you’ve hoarded face masks, donate them to a hospital now

To Ozaukee Press:

 These are terrifying times we are living in right now, and society’s response is shameful—people hoarding things like toilet paper, cleaning supplies and food at a time when we should all be coming together to fight this virus.

People are hoarding face masks. At a time when our health care providers, first responders and nursing home caregivers are in critical need of these items to protect themselves and the people they care for, we have scooped up every last one.

Ask yourself this question. If a loved one dies from this virus because a caregiver didn’t have the proper equipment available, was it worth it to hoard these things?  I would suggest that the people who are hoarding masks donate them immediately to hospitals. Get them to where they will do the most good, not sitting on a shelf in your basement.  

How would the world have turned out if during World War II we hoarded things and didn’t get the supplies to our fighting men. We might very well be living under a different flag.

We need to come together as a community and stand together and fight this virus. Check up on each other and help each other. If a neighbor needs something and can’t get out, offer to go get it for them. You can leave the items on their porch if they don’t want to have contact with you.

And above all, pray to our Savior. He can provide peace and comfort in times like these.

Don’t forget to support our local food establishments as often as you can. They have families too. Don’t forget the local food pantries; more people now than ever will need their help.

We will get through this.

Peter Federspiel
Port Washington




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