Berks Co. woman collects electronic devices for nursing home residents

Written by on April 20, 2020

Berks Co. woman collects electronic devices for nursing home residents 

By Brittany Sweeney

April 20, 2020

One of the groups hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic is the elderly. And with long term care and nursing facilities closed to visitors, it’s difficult for families to communicate.

WLVR health reporter Brittany Sweeney spoke with a woman collecting electronics to help connect loved ones virtually. 

The number of positive COVID-19 cases is on the rise in the more than 700 nursing homes across the state.

Residents in assisted living and retirement communities are on lock down — separated from even their closest family members.

Jennifer Schorr is the publisher of parenting newsletter Macaroni Kid Reading. She says she felt compelled to do something to help families connect.

“If you have devices, I am willing to do curbside pickup, again trying to keep the distance that we are supposed to. But I’m more than happy if you’re not able to drop them off or don’t know have someplace to drop them off yourself. I’m more than happy to come and collect them,” said Schorr.

Schorr says she’s looking for gear that can support skype, zoom or facetime. 

Schorr says the collection is still in the early phase. And she’s not only looking for device donations, but also facilities that could benefit from the collection.

Watch Brittany’s PBS39 News Tonight Report.


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