Giving Tuesday 2020

A patient receives care in the Grace Cottage Emergency Department.

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day of philanthropy during the season of gratitude. In 2020, Giving Tuesday will occur on December 1.

Lifepak 20e defib with gloveEach year, Grace Cottage Hospital asks its friends and neighbors to participate in its Giving Tuesday campaign in order to raise funds to purchase important health care equipment.

This year, Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital is asking for help to purchase two new Stryker LIFEPAK 20e defibrillators for the Hospital Emergency Department, to update and replace aging equipment.

The goal is to raise $48,600 for the two units and associated costs (batteries, power cords, etc.). Very generous kickoff donations totaling $10,100 bring the remainder to be raised down to $38,500.

Defibrillators are a vital piece of equipment used within a health care setting. They are an integral diagnostic tool in a cardiac emergency. Defibrillators identify rhythms that can be life threatening or require immediate medical intervention. They work by sending an electrical current that restarts a heart and/or restores a normal rhythm. The Stryker LIFEPAK 20e can be used in the hospital Emergency Department, on patient transports, and in the primary care environment as well, should the need arise. It provides an array of data, advanced monitoring, and temporary pacemaking if needed, to assist providers in their life-saving work.

To participate in Grace Cottage’s Giving Tuesday 2020 campaign, go to www.gracecottage.org/ through midnight on December 1 to donate via credit card, or call (802) 365-9109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Checks may be made out to Grace Cottage with “Giving Tuesday” on the memo line, and sent to PO Box 1, Townshend, VT, 05353. Any money raised beyond the campaign goal will be applied to the Grace Cottage Patient Care Fund.