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WakeMed 'Clothes Closet' creator: 'I didn't want them to go home in gowns'

Posted October 14, 2013

— Clothing is sometimes an afterthought in a medical emergency, but patients at WakeMed Cary Hospital are getting some help to make sure they leave with dignity.

Beverly Lamelin, a clinical secretary at the hospital, created the “Clothes Closet” to help patients in need. What started off as a few donated items earlier this year has turned into a big selection of clothes and shoes.

“I just didn't want them to go home in gowns and scrubs,” Lamelin said.

In addition to donations, volunteers also make shawls and baby caps.

“(It) warms my heart,” Lamelin said. “You're just thankful for everything you have in your life, and you just want people to have nice things.”

WakeMed Clothes Closet lets patients leave with dignity WakeMed Clothes Closet lets patients leave with dignity

Ronda Parrish turned to the Clothes Closet for help after she went to the hospital and forgot some essential items.

“I walked out of my home without any shoes, and it was a little chilly out,” she said, adding that Clothes Clothes staffers also gave her some much needed winter clothes. “(It) makes you feel very good. I appreciate it very much.”

WakeMed's Raleigh campus has a similar clothing closet. If you’d like to make a donation, email Beverly Lamelin at belamelin@wakemed.org.


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  • pulstar40 Oct 16, 2013

    What an excellent idea! Patients often come in with the clothes on their back, which may be a bit messed up when all is said and done...or with those middle of the night ambulance calls, you are probably going in with PJs. Nice to be able to leave with something appropriate to wear. Good for you
    Ms. Lamelin.

  • westernwake1 Oct 14, 2013

    A positive helpful effort!