Local nurses create care packages for the homeless

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Local nurses gathered personal care items Wednesday to donate to the homeless living on the streets of Roanoke.

The Star City Chapter of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses collected purses and backpacks and filled them with personal care items both from the community and multiple departments within Carilion.

The packs contain items like band-aids, feminine products, toothpaste, tooth brushes, basic first aid information on a laminated card with emergency contact numbers and more.

The packs will be given to people on the street - not those in shelters, but those literally out on the streets of Roanoke.

Yvette Mays, MSN is a Case Manager at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She says they see a high number of homeless patients.

"We wanted to hopefully be able to help them with medical tips and some personal care items, maybe help them feel better, let them know that we care. Eventually maybe help them from coming back to the hospital as much as they sometimes do," Mays said.

To donate, contact Tammy Mitchell at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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