In late March, our friends, nurses, doctors started ringing the alarm.
In California, Covid-19 cases just crossed 1000 mark and with only 30 fatalities
But we all read reports on what was happening already in New York
Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) so desperately needed for infectious deceases was in very short supply.
Many hospitals still didn't issue face masks (surgical or N95s) to their staff
Some recommended using bandanas for protection.
Some hospitals prohibited face mask use.
Some were thinking ahead and waiting for the surge similar to New York's
So we decided to purchase PPEs ourselves and donate them to local hospitals.
In late March, some PPEs could still be found on Amazon.
So we ordered isolations gowns, surgical masks, gloves, glasses.
We found few face shields, aloe vera cream for hands, head bouffants
We found cases of lab coats and more gloves
We met other people like us who found a supply of original 3M N95 masks
This GoFundMe campaign donated over 14,000(!!!) N95 masks to local Bay Area hospitals
At that time, even local ER departments didn't have them
We started a fund-raising campaign among friends
Over 20 people contributed
Over $3600 was raised for PPE purchases
We donated $1000 of our personal funds as well
Bay Area hospitals
We donated PPEs to the following hospitals, nursing homes and home care centers:
- Highland Hospital, Oakland
- Fairmont Hospital, Oakland/San Leandro
- WeCare, Washington Hospital, Fremont
- Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, Geary
- SutterHealth, CPMC, San Francisco, Van Ness
- HealthLink Home Care & Nursing, San Francisco
- VA Nursing Home, Menlo Park
- Baywood Court Skilled Nursing, Castro Valley
What was donated:
- 330 N95 masks
- 2,800 surgical masks
- 4,000 gloves
- 25 face shields and goggles
- 120 isolation gowns
- 200 lab coats
- 200 bouffants
We can only hope that the Superheroes on front lines are better protected.
And the gratitude we have for what they're doing is too hard to express.