- A Facebook group called RVs 4 MDs has connected RV and camper owners with “frontline healthcare workers” across the country to give nurses, doctors, and staff members exposed to COVID-19 a safe place to sleep while isolating.
- The group has allowed nurses and doctors to move from sleeping in tents outside to sleeping in an RV.
- It’s been three weeks since the conception of the Facebook group — which is still rapidly growing — and it now has 24,600 members, along with over 10,000 likes on its sister Facebook page.
- Business Insider spoke to one of the founders and several RV donors and recipients about the RVs 4 MDs mission and how it impacted their lives.
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RVs 4 MDs is connecting “frontline healthcare workers” with RV and camper owners across the country, and now globally, to give nurses, doctors, and hospital staff members a safe place to isolate away from their families while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the country.
The Facebook group was originally made when cofounder Emily Phillips’s mother gave her the idea to post on her personal Facebook asking friends for an RV or camper for her husband, Jason, an ER doctor.
Jason needed to isolate from his wife and their three children, which was especially important because Emily and their eight-year-old child both have asthma, putting them at a higher risk of contracting coronavirus.
A mutual friend then connected Emily with Holly Haggard, whose mother had a camper that wasn’t being used. With Haggard’s mother’s permission, Haggard decided to lend the RV to the Phillips, uniting two strangers around a mutual mission.
Now, Philips and Haggard are like “sisters,” Haggard told Business Insider, and the RV exchange inspired the two of them to co-found the RVs for MDs Facebook group that gives #VanLife a good cause.