Our initial focus is on NYC First Responders, including FDNY, NYPD and EMS. All have announced that they are experiencing dire shortages of respirators, surgical masks, face shields and additional equipment. The next step will include the launch of chapters around the country, as well as sister efforts to provide PPE to all First Responders.
A $15 donation, will provide each First Responder with medical-grade N95/KN95 respirator, face shield, nitrile gloves, and hand sanitizers.
The foundation has already distributed over 20,000 critically-needed N95/KN95 respirator masks to 25 hospitals and nursing centers throughout New York City, over 60,000 masks to the Fire Department of New York and other NYC-area first responders, and over 20,000 care packages including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer to assisted living facilities and home health care workers.
Healthcare workers are our first line of defense in the COVID-19 pandemic. Their safety relies on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including respirators, gloves, face shields, and gowns. Frontline healthcare workers around the country face a critical shortage of PPE, including North Texas.
Texas is currently one of the nation’s COVID-19 hotspots, with over 10,000 hospitalizations to date. Local hospitals are using their stockpiles of PPE much faster than expected: reserves that would have lasted three months are now in danger of being depleted in a few weeks.