EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — All around the globe and right here in the Tri-State, essential workers are looking for ways to keep themselves and their families safe during the pandemic. To help, two women found a solution to their own problem, that they soon realized could help thousands of others.
“A lot of people have asked ‘How can I help?’ and they want to do something,” said RVs 4 MDs Co-Founder Holly Haggard.
RVs 4 MDs is a program that matches people with RVs and campers to first responders and medical personnel who are looking for way to self isolate and keep their household safe all for free. The program just started 5 weeks ago and has already matched over 1,300 people.
“It’s really amazing to see so many people coming together and reaching out to help and the gratitude of the receivers of these RVs how gracious they are,” said Haggard.
Sheila White and her husband live in New Harmony. The couple joined the group and recently loaned their camper to a nurse at St. Vincent in Evansville.
“They had just had a new baby and he was concerned with bringing the virus home,” said White.
Now, Sheila and her husband are trying to encourage others to lend a helping hand.
“I know there’s a huge RV community here. There’s a huge community of people that own RVs and campers and popups, and right now nobody can use them. All the state parks are closed for camping all across the nation so you can’t use them,” said White.
The program is completely free and donors are asked to loan their RVs and campers out for as long as the recipient needs.
“It’s a blessing for us to have it so its our job to bless other people when we have that opportunity,” said White. “Even if we don’t think somebody might need it in our area, we really can’t put ourselves in the position of that healthcare worker and their comfort level and what they’re doing with their family.”
“If you have an RV or something you can loan out to one of these heroes on the front line, you’re becoming a hero to them and who doesn’t want to be a hero,” said Haggard.
The program originated in Texas but has helped match donors and recipients all around the globe. To get involved in the program, first join the RVs for MDs Facebook page, then fill out this form so the volunteers can match you.
(This story was originally published on April 27, 2020)