SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Volunteers organized a contactless drop off donation drive to collect sealed and unused personal protective equipment for frontline workers in Surrey Saturday.
Conquer COVID-19 organizer Jodi Echakowitz says protecting vulnerable frontline workers is crucial to stemming the spread of the virus.
“Thousands of items that are being donated locally will be dispersed to address the needs of the local healthcare community, no amount of PPE to donate is too little.”
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The organization is a collaboration between Canadian business leaders, celebrities, physicians, and volunteers working to equip those on the front lines with the necessary equipment to protect against COVID-19.
They’ve already organized similar donation drives in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.
Items like masks, face shields, gloves, and gowns are needed the most.
But Echakowitz says every donation matters.
“Every piece makes a difference. One thing that I will remind people is that even if you only have one or two masks, that one mask can actually keep a health care worker going for one day.”
She adds, they’re also collecting diapers, wipes, formula, and menstrual products for women’s shelters in need of essential supplies.