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  Mar 20 2020

URGENT!! PLEASE READ!!!

YOUR HOSPITAL NEEDS MEDICAL SUPPLIES - N95 MASKS, SURGICAL MASKS, GOWNS AND MORE.


I AM PROPOSING TEMPORARY SOLUTIONS THAT CAN BUY HEALTHCARE WORKERS SOME TIME AGAINST COVID - 19 AND I AM BACKING IT WITH $5000 OF MY OWN MONEY.

Hello. My name is John McManaman RN BSN. I've been a Registered Nurse for approximately 10 years and work in the Emergency Department for Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Southern California. Healthcare workers across the world need your help.

THE PROBLEM - Your local hosptials need medical supplies.

Currently, personal protective equipment (such as masks and gowns), ventilation machines, and medical supplies that are normally accessible are no longer easy to obtain due to supply chain issues and the global demand for these medical supplies. (Not to mention Covid 19 test kits are still in short supply.) Help is on the way from our governments, but we need to buy time.

WHY HEALTHCARE WORKERS NEED THESE SUPPLIES:

This situation, as many of us now know, is about LIFE AND DEATH.  This is not an exaggeration or hysteria. It is also not going away for at least the next few months or longer. Making life for all of us extremely challenging.

Hospitals cannot function without qualified staff that is protected and supplied with the tools that they need to save those in need.

Our hospitals and the employees, the nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, lab and x-ray technicians, hospital administration and service workers, together, are about to be overwhelmed unless we provide the hospitals and their employees with the resources needed to succeed.

Without Healthcare workers, there is no Healthcare.


WHEN DO WE NEED THESE SUPPLIES:

WE NEED TO ACT NOW!

We need to think outside the box to help hospitals quickly and directly.


HOW YOU CAN HELP (QUICKLY)

We need to be smart with the resources that we have and be resourceful in finding solutions to the problems at hand.

Supplies that have been ordered, will take weeks to arrive.

Therefore, I am asking people and businesses to help in any way they can such as:


1.) Directly donate whatever they can to their local hospitals at this time. Especially, N95 (respirator) masks that are being rationed at nearly every hospital.

They do not have to be specially made for hospitals. Any N95 mask will do, they can be from Home Depot or Lowes. They can be from outpatient surgical centers, dentist's offices, even Hollywood movies studios. It doesn't matter. Surgical masks are in short supply as well. (Click here to learn what each mask is used for in the hospital and what they look like.)

As we know, masks have been in short supply for quite some time. However, we know the public and private industrial companies must have some supplies.

Being that our country is at a standstill at this time, I am pleading with industries and individuals, who have masks to spare, donate them to their local hospitals or hospitals that are in dire need.


2.) In the spirit of thinking outside of the box, I am funding a buyback program for N95 masks and surgical masks with my own money and I am asking all those that are willing, to join me in the buy back program.

N95 masks were normally sold at approximately $1.50 each on Amazon before the crisis. And surgical masks went for approximately 50 cents each. I am willing to buy back masks that people are not willing or cannot afford to donate.

**I am NOT asking for people to put themselves at risk by giving up the only protection they have. If someone is sick at home, by all means, keep your masks. This is only if you can spare the supplies.**

In order to do this, I am offering $5,000 of my own money to those of you who are not able to part with your masks for free. I'm offering $1.50 for a new unused N95 mask and $0.50 for a regular unused surgical mask.

This could provide us with thousands of masks for hospital workers in need.  NOW!!!!!

If you are not able to donate a mask or medical supplies to your local hospital, I encourage you to join me and donate to this fund so that we can turn 5,000 masks into 10,000 or more. Click here to donate.

3.) If your local hospital for some reason will not accept your donation, you can deliver or send masks to the Emergency Department where I work and my volunteers will get them to the hospitals most in need.

The address is: Emanate Health - Foothill Presbyterian Hospital

250 S. Grand Ave., Glendora California, 91741

Attn: John McManaman RN - Emergency Department at FPH and SupportAHero.org

4.) If you do NOT want to donate in this manner, that's okay too.  If that is the case, then please donate to the American Red Cross through our other GoFundMe link. The Red Cross works hand in hand with almost every hospital and is helping in countless ways, including testing, providing food and shelter, and blood donations. You can donate to the Red Cross on the page you are now on or HERE.

FOR HOSPITALS IN NEED

Hospitals needing Personal Protective Equipment and supplies and hospital employees that need help can post on our Facebook Group what they need. We will do our best to add them to supportahero.org as well and in the comments below.


AREAS OF GREATEST NEED (SUPPLIES CURRENTLY NEEDED)

Currently, Personal Protective Equipment (masks, gowns, gloves, face shields, protective glasses, protective suits, booties, hand sanitizer), medical supplies (medication, intubation kits, ventilation equipment) and lab equipment/resources for increased testing capacity are needed.

WHO ARE WE?

I am an Emergency Room Nurse in Southern California on a mission. Support A Hero.org - Hospital Emergency Relief Operation, as I'm calling it, is not a charity or non-profit. IT IS A MOVEMENT I am trying to start that will hopefully gain momentum and get other parts of the country (and other countries) to do the same.

We are promoting other organizations such as The Red Cross and many others like the Emergency Response Fund at my hospital at Emanate Health which services the San Gabriel Valley. You can donate directly to my hospital here.

And we will promote your Covid - 19 charity, group, or organization as well.


SUMMARY:

1.) Donate to your local hospital directly with supplies or a cash donation. (ie Emanate Health Foundation)

2.) Support us at SupportAHero.org allowing us to purchase masks and medical supplies from the public for our hospitals in need.

3.) Send your donations or supplies to Emanate Health- Foothill Presbyterian Hospital 250 S. Grand Ave., Glendora, CA 91741.

4.) Donate and volunteer to the American Red Cross on this page.

AND

- Join our group on Facebook.

- Follow us on Facebook here.

- Visit the website SupportAHero.org  to see what local groups you can support directly.

Reach out to me at john@supportahero.org

God Bless and Stay Safe

John (Barry) McManaman RN

Emergency Department at Emanate Health Foothill Presbyterian

250 S. Grand Ave. Glendora, CA 91741

Posted by John McManaman