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January 31, 1910


Lack of Blankets at Mercy Hospital
Forced Substitute.

Every bottle, jug, or other vessel that would hold hot water was in use at Mercy hospital Saturday night, and for the unusual purpose of raising the temperature in the rooms to compensate, to some extent, for lack of blankets.

In numerous instances it necessary to place little patients in the glass-enclosed balconies where they can have the benefit of plenty of fresh air and be isolated from other inmates. But, while fresh air is necessary in these cases, it is also essential that their bodies be amply protected from the cold. It was the lack of adequate bed clothing that nearly drove the nurses distracted Saturday night, and after using everything available, the hot water vessels were resorted to.

Mercy hospital needs fifty pairs of blankets and needs them right now. That it will get them is practically assured, for Kansas City is quick to respond to any appeal from this worthy charity. In making the appeal the officials of the institution state that they prefer donations of money with which to purchase the necessary equipment. The blankets in use at Mercy hospital are made to order, of a certain size and weight, and are purchased at a much smaller figure than individual buyers can secure them.

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