Quick Santa Update!

The list is long. I need help!

As of December 5th there were 600 kids signed up who need help from Piscataquis Santa… and 359 still not taken. Were you one of the last kids to be picked whenever there was a game at school? Remember how that felt?

Of couse there are non-specific gifts rolling in for children in general, but this is not the time to be an ostrich and bury your head in the sand (or snow). Be an elf–a Santa’s helper. Figure out what you can do and do it now!

National Handwashing Week!

Here’s Nurse Karen’s monthly column! Very timely… wash your hands this week!

What is the “single most important method for preventing infectious disease” according to the Centers for Disease Control? Infectious diseases include the common cold, the flu, and foodborne illnesses like E-coli. The answer is surprisingly simple…..handwashing! National Handwashing Awareness Week this year is December 6th-December 12th.

CDC recommendations include washing hands with soap and warm running water for 20 seconds. Wash all hand surfaces thoroughly including wrists, palms, the back of the hands, fingers, and under fingernails. Rinse well in warm water and pat skin dry with a clean or disposable towel. If clean water is not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Try singing the chorus to your favorite song while washing your hands. That should take at least 20 seconds!

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