Stage 2 COVID-19 PPE Fundraising by ACFS & CCESL

Dear Family and Friends,

Stage 2 Campaign 

Given your strong support, we are only $250 away from placing another order of 4000 surgical masks.

Please continue to support us! The campaign will continue until midnight on Sunday, April 19. 

Although we are some distance from purchasing 12,000 surgical masks in this stage 2 campaign, we have ordered 4150 additional surgical masks (expecting to arrive next week) to donate. We also purchased 500 face masks from American Sewing Corp. in Sylva and have distributed them to Ingles, Food Lion, Sav-Mor, Harold's, Mountain Projects, and Jackson County Dept. on Aging.  

Thank you! 

Stage 1 Campaign Results

We are so touched by an outpouring of generosity from across our communities! In just ONE day, $3,543 was raised to cover the Stage 1 order for 6000 masks.

Here are some of the recipients who kindly gave us permission to  share their names:
- Clinic of Dr. Clifford H Mault
- Morningstar Assisted Living
- Autumn Care Nursing Home
- Thomas C. Wilson Family Practice
- Western Carolina Medical Society
- Jackson County Emergency Operations Center
- Vero Health and Rehab
- Haywood County EMS
- Jackson Medical Associates
- Haywood Lodge and Retirement Center
- Well Springs Family Practice
- Blue Ridge Community Health Services, Henderson County
- Hot Springs Health Program, Madison County
- Asheville Internal Medicine
- Bounty and Soul, Buncombe County
- Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers, Buncombe County
 -Mountain Health Community Centers, Mitchell County
- Cherokee Indian Police Department 

How We Got Started

After hearing the cry for help for PPEs during the COVID-19 pandemic from some local clinics, members of the American Chinese Friendship Society of Western North Carolina found a supplier of FDA approved surgical masks in China and placed an order for 6000 masks on March 26. To avoid delay, they paid the $3,542.86 cost up front, then set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds while the order was in transit. The shipment was processed and arrived in Cullowhee on April 1.

We decided to focus on small medical clinics, assisted living facilities, and community organizations that are in need but have limited resources to purchase PPEs. Medical personnel need this basic protection when they are shielding us from harm! The Western Carolina Medical Society and local doctors helped identify recipients and quantities of masks needed by each. 

The relief effort expanded as word spread. The WCU Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCSEL) is working with us and a local sewing facility that can produce masks to continue supporting our community needs.
If you would like to support this effort, we would be very grateful for any amount of donation you can contribute. 

We should mention that GoFundMe has a 2.7% + $.30 per credit card transaction processing (although there is no platform fee). If you want to donate money to this campaign offline, that works too. Checks or in person donations please call [phone redacted] for details. We can still submit these donations to the GoFundMe platform to show everyone that you've helped get closer to the goal! 

We will continue to keep you posted on updated goals, new order shipment status, distribution process, and the continued efforts to support our communities!

With Deep Gratitude,

Hongyun Shen, Yanjun Yan,  Yiqing Yang, Yue Cai Hillon and Will Lehman

Representatives of American Chinese Friendship Society of Western North Carolina

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Cullowhee, NC

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