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Ethan & Teyler Totes donate necessities to Mad River Community Hospital

ARCATA - Five moms. Two storage units. One suburban. And thousands of totes.

“We are here to give some totes to Mad River Hospital. We heard there was a need and so we would like to help in any way we can,” Sarah Reback, a founding member of Ethan and Teyler Totes.   

These moms are giving totes filled with the necessities, like shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and deodarant that you don’t think to pack in a crisis situation.

“Ethan and Teyler totes started actually about 4 years ago. Stacey and I were both in emergency situations with our children who had to be medevaced out of the area and when we got down to UCSF and Lucile Pack, we realized we didn't pack anything for ourselves such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioners. And so we were in a position where we could buy items like that but it would have been so nice to have something like that on hand when you're in that type of situation,” Jennifer Bailey, another founding member of Ethan and Teyler Totes, said.

And so the totes were born. The mom’s collect donations each year to create around 1000 totes. They have donated these totes to the UCSF Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and this year they added Mad River Community Hospital.

“We had 16 baby transports out of the area the last calendar year and they are all just on their way immediately. No time for packing, no time for thinking,” Sandi Jones, Birth Center Manager at Mad River Community Hospital, said.

There is a need. And now there is an answer. And Ethan and Teyler Totes hopes to keep expanding.

“I hope it grows. I hope we can get it to many more hospitals and even just get everybody in different communities to do something like this,” Stacy Craig, a founding member of Ethan and Teyler Totes, said.

“It's one more way that the community is supporting us while we support them,” Jones added.