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Community Drive to Meet the Moment: Shortage of PPE and what You Can Do

WE NEED YOUR HELP! With a shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) throughout the country, we are seeing more doctors, nurses and other first responders resorting to buying and making their own. We've been told by RN's across the country that ER's and ICU's have priority on the limited PPE such as protective masks available and other departments are being left to fend for themselves, which is just not acceptable.

As an organization just starting we would like to help but are limited on our resources, but what we do have is connection and empathy. We are asking anyone in the public with a supply of hand sanitizer, face mask or any type of PPE to kindly donate your excess to those who need it. Our Health Care workers and first responders desperately need them but please call before making a donation as different organizers and hospitals have different protocols. We are working on compiling a list of facilities that need PPE and volunteers willing to help here in the Bay Area and other areas throughout California.

We are also asking for the help of those of you currently practicing social distancing, who might have a sewing machine or fabrics at home to join in our efforts and help us make face masks for our healthcare workers, other essential employees and those who may need them, including infusion center patients here in California.

While we understand that these masks do not provide the same filtration as an N-95 respirator, even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have suggest homemade masks, like bandanas or scarves, “as a last resort” for health care providers in “settings where face masks are not available.”

If you are interested in helping out or donating supplies, we do have individuals in certain areas ready to pick up and deliver supplies to those willing to help. We are also looking for fabric, especially saris. Sari cloth has proven to be a particularly effective at filtration. If you or a family member have cloth to donate, please let us know.

Remember, Healthcare and other essential workers go to work to keep you safe. Help them in the cause by staying home. #StayAtHome #washyourhands #FlattenTheCurve.

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