Gowns4Good: donate your graduation gown to a frontliner

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June 30, 2020

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Gowns4Good: donate your graduation gown to a frontliner

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USA

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June 30, 2020

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What did you do with your graduation gown after the graduation ceremony? Chances are good that you never used it again and it is now collecting dust in your wardrobe. Gowns4Good upcycles graduation gowns as personal protective equipment for healthcare workers fighting corona, giving gowns a second life saving lives.

Healthcare workers all over the world struggle with the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). Physician assistant Than Moore, who also works with corona patients at the University of Vermont Medical Center, saw some of his colleagues dress up in trash bags while going room-to-room. A recent graduate in sustainable innovation, Moore thought his graduation gown would be a much more suitable alternative: with its length, sleeves and zippers, a graduation gown is easily repurposed as PPE.

To inspire other graduates to donate their graduation gown to healthcare personnel, Moore started Gowns4Good. Using the slogan “Wear the cap, donate the gown”, Moore collects graduation gowns in exchange for a logo to attach to the graduation caps. In this way, donors can show their contribution to containing the pandemic.

It is clear that Gowns4Good fills a void. Up to now, hospitals and other medical facilities have requested nearly 100,000 gowns. Over 10,000 graduates from all over the USA have already donated their gown, and corporate partners added nearly 3,000 more.

Impressive numbers, but not yet enough to completely fulfill the demand, so more graduates willing to follow the example of their peers and part with their own gown are most welcome. Those who do not have graduation gowns themselves could still contribute to Moore’s initiative by donating to a GoFundMe fundraiser, which helps pay for shipping. 

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