We Need PPE: Coronavirus Support Fund

Health-care workers are risking their lives on the front lines to fight the coronavirus to keep our communities safe. In other countries where the pandemic arrived earlier, health-care workers have experienced a disproportionate share of infections. They have been put at risk in the United States not only by the nature of their jobs, but by shortages of protective equipment such as N95 face masks, goggles, face shields and gloves.

Doctors and nurses are wearing masks longer than is normally recommended, and in some cases, re-using masks that should be replaced in between patients to stretch the dwindling supply. We received messages saying that our health-care workers were putting their single mask into a bag and reusing them again and again. Doctors and nurses have been told they must conserve the supply of N95 masks by restricting their use to aerosolizing procedures. This leaves health-care workers potentially exposed not only when examining people with flu-like symptoms but also those with completely unrelated symptoms who might nevertheless have the virus.

Some hospitals only have enough to last the next few days and health-care providers around the country are calling for help. We wouldn’t send in an army in without weapons, let’s band together as a community to make sure the brave men and women who risk their lives every day have the tools they need to fight back. We need your help today. Every donation will help us get these much-needed medical supplies to our community of health-care warriors on the front lines.

OUR GOAL

First $10,000 committed will secure 6,000 N95, KN95, surgical masks, goggles, & gloves to arrive by Monday, 3/30

+$20,000 will secure 12,000 N95, KN95, surgical masks, goggles, & gloves to arrive by Monday, 4/6

+ $50,000 will secure 25,000 N95, KN95, surgical masks, goggles, & gloves to arrive by Monday, 4/13

If we surpass our goal, we will continue to acquire PPE shipments to help ensure our brave health-care workers are well equipped to fight this pandemic.

 

FOLLOW THE CAMPAIGN

For updates and deliveries of masks, follow us on social media:

Instagram (@weneedppe)

Twitter (@weneedppe)

Facebook (@weneedppe)

 

WHO ARE WE?

We are a California family that runs an import/export company with strong factory connections. We have many family and friends in the health care industry. We’ve seen first-hand our brave health-care warriors go to work daily under equipped to battle this pandemic. We have gotten so many messages reporting shortages of PPE and knew we had to do our part to help. Utilizing our strong factory connections, we have been able to procure access to millions of masks and other PPE. The need for Personal Protection Equipment for health-care workers is great. Help us help those brave men and women who put themselves at risk daily to care for our community. Answer their cries for help. #WENEEDPPE

 

FAQ

How will the funds be used?

100% of the funds will go directly to the purchase and delivery of N95 masks and other Personal Protective Equipment for health-care workers across America.

Why aren’t the hospitals & governments ordering these masks directly?

Hospitals and government agencies are trying their best to acquire masks and other PPE, however due increased global demand and supply chain disruptions, America is experiencing extreme shortages. We have close relationships with factories certified to produce masks and other PPE.

How are you procuring the masks and PPE?

We have close relationships with factories certified by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) to produce N95 masks and other PPE. We have verified and have copies of their certifications.

How much are you paying for the masks?

We are negotiating aggressively with the factories to ensure we maximize the supply of PPE. Pricing is a factor of order quantity and shipping rate with better pricing at higher order volumes. We have spent time ensuring we get the best price for the highest quality product as there are many factories producing sub-par quality masks. Our health-care workers need and deserve only the best.

How are you distributing the masks?

We will be shipping the masks and other PPE directly to health-care providers, hospitals, and other government agencies via FedEx/UPS freight.

Are donations tax deductible?
At this time, donations are not tax-deductible. If you know of a 501(c) charity that would like to support our campaign to help our health-care workers, we would love to partner with them.

 

I am a health-care professional in need of PPE. How do I make requests?

Fill out this form: http://tiny.cc/qcrplz


FOLLOW US:
Instagram: @WENEEDPPE
Twitter: @WENEEDPPE
Facebook: @WENEEDPPE
#WENEEDPPE

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Certification from our Manufacturer for N95 Masks (personal identifying information has been blacked out to preserve privacy)
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Organizer

Gina Ho 
Organizer
Goleta, CA
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