First Presbyterian Church of Evanston (FPCE), 1427 Chicago Ave., will host a Community Ebola Response Event from 12:30-4 p.m. on Dec. 7. Dr. James McAuley, an Evanston resident, a member of the church and an infectious disease specialist with the Centers for Disease Control, recently returned to his interim post in Zambia after spending a month coordinating the CDC efforts to combat the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone. Because of the insufficiency of hospital beds, many Ebola patients are sent back to their homes to be cared for by friends and family. There is a dire shortage of medical supplies for even the hospital staff, let alone for home-based caregivers.
FPCE has partnered with World Vision to assemble 300 Ebola Caregiver kits to be distributed to home-based caregivers. The Evanston community is invited help assemble these kits as a tangible way to help stop the spread of this virus. Participation is free in this project, however if people wish to donate, the kits cost $30/each. Register at www.firstpresevanston.org/serve-our-mission-partners/ebola-response-kits.