For doctors treating Coronavirus patients, going back home can mean exposing their families to a major risk. This group eases their worries.
Going to work is stressful for most doctors and other healthcare workers amidst the Coronavirus outbreak. Not only are these health professionals exposing themselves to a deadly virus every single day for hours on end, but they could also potentially put their families at risk of contracting the virus if they aren't cautious enough. Some doctors have resorted to living at the hospital while others simply practice good hygiene to the best of their capabilities. Sometimes, however, this simply is not enough. In order to help healthcare workers struggling with this problem and ease their self-isolation, this Facebook group is matching idle RVs to doctors in need, CNN reports.
The group picked up speed when Emily Phillips, a mother of three from Celina, Texas, took to the social media platform to ask her Facebook friends if anyone had an RV that wasn't in use for her husband, an ER doctor, could use. A woman named Holly Haggard responded and let her borrow hers. "Before the RV, I was a nervous wreck. Every time my husband walked in the door or put his hand on something, I thought we were going to get [COVID-19], including my baby," she said in an interview with CNN. "But now that he's in that RV, I'm back to my life, focused on my full-time job and my kids, and it's completely changed our situation."
Emily isn't alone in this challenge. She quickly realized there were dozens of families like her's, who were also struggling with self-isolation. Therefore, she took Holly on as her business partner and the pair created the Facebook group RVs 4 MDs. The group went live last week, on Tuesday night. Ever since then, users across the United States have been posting photos of their idle RVs and volunteering them for anyone who may need a booth to self-isolate in over the next few weeks. In a matter of just a few days, the two moms have transformed the Facebook group into a "robust organization," complete with a board of directors and a network of volunteers.
Quale and LaRayne, a couple, were one of the first people to be kindly given an RV by two compassionate strangers Kelsey and Tim Webb. Tim drove two and a half hours to drop the RV off and let them know they could use it as long as they needed to. "It was such an emotional thing to go through and to have someone offer up their RV completely for free, I felt so blessed," LaRayne shared. "I asked if they wanted us to cover the insurance, but they wanted nothing... They said that they are praying for us and rooting for us." LaRayne now volunteers with RVs 4 MDs to pay it forward.
Her husband Quale said of the Facebook group, "[RVs 4 MDs] demonstrates that there is so much more to fighting the coronavirus than what happens at the hospital. There are layers upon layers of people fighting this in different ways. The reason I'm able to fight this right now is because of my wife and the work that these people are doing so we can focus on the medical portion and not have to worry about the rest." Meanwhile, Kelsey was more than happy to volunteer her RV. "This family was in need and this was the one way we could help," she told CNN. "You can't put a price tag on this... It just makes my heart happy that we're able to do this for them and give them peace of mind."
If you would like to lend a helping hand, the group is on the lookout for more volunteers. Emily said, "We need more volunteers to head up the different states. A lot of people are out there with nothing to do. Well, we got something to do and it can really help a lot." In addition to driving up to different states, Emily and her team hope to extend the program into Canada, launch an official website, and keep the group going after the coronavirus crisis is over. "We're going to keep it running until there's not one person left on the planet that needs an RV or needs shelter," she stated. "Whether it's a storm or whatever the case is, we'll have this organization for the next crisis because there's always going to be a need for shelter." You can learn more about the Facebook group here.