Join us in supporting our healthcare workers who need PPE now!
PPE (personal protective equipment), includes N95 respirators, surgical masks, protective goggles, gloves, face shields, coveralls, gowns, booties, and wipes. These necessary items protect medical workers from viral particles on surfaces and during close contact with patients.
Unfortunately, our healthcare system is being overwhelmed as the number of coronavirus cases across the country continues to rise. Hospitals and clinics are facing a severe shortage of PPE, and many have run out of not only respirators, but also simple procedural masks. In some hospitals, workers are being asked to reuse single use masks for multiple patients and long 8-12 hour shifts. Without enough necessary equipment, healthcare workers are unable to work safely.
Our frontline healthcare workers are our first line of defense against COVID-19. As this global pandemic and crisis continues to escalate, it is critical that we provide them with the PPE they urgently require so that they can be equipped to protect themselves, their families, their patients, and all of us. Manufacturers are ramping up PPE production to meet the global need, but until then, every bit of support makes a difference.
We are facing the greatest collective challenge and universal threat of our lifetimes. This virus does not discriminate who it targets. It has and it will impact everyone. Overcoming these unprecedented circumstances requires all of us to come together and ACT.
This is where you come in!
We have launched this GoFundMe Charity page in direct partnership with GetUsPPE, an organization founded by a group of prominent Emergency Medical physicians to combat the escalating crisis of diminishing PPE supply. They have unified a massive, multifaceted PPE donation base and are partnered with grassroots organizations across the U.S. Together, they are putting critical PPE in the hands of our healthcare workers. By donating, you will be supporting them as they work to advance three key initiatives:
1. Advocate for immediate action to expedite the manufacture of medical PPE nationwide. #GetMePPE
2. Unite the maker community to share official PPE designs that can be assembled locally.
3. Leverage a large network of partners and volunteers to facilitate the safe and efficient delivery of supplies to local hospitals.
We launched this fundraiser with initial donations of $1,000 from each of us (Maia and Alex) - $2,000 total. Our first goal of $10,000 was reached in a little over 1 day! Because this pandemic is an ongoing crisis, the timeline for the campaign is indefinite.
Currently, monetary donations are collected in a designated "Get Me PPE Fund" housed by AFFIRM, GetUsPPE's sponsoring 501(c)3 institution. They are working quickly with physician groups, strategy, operations, and legal teams on the best process to allocate these funds where they are most needed. For more info, you can visit their comprehensive website: GetUsPPE.org.
Time is of the essence and any amount donated will be greatly appreciated. Together, we can help save lives.
Thank you, and let's do everything we can to take care of one another!
Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani