UPDATE! Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes is in South Florida to help healthcare workers with a truck full of $1.5 million retail value of PPE. The City of Hialeah Fire Department is helping plan our huge distribution of 850,000 pieces of PPE throughout Miami-Dade County, Florida, which is the biggest hotspot in America, NBC reported.
Like we did in NYC, we are calling hospitals, speaking with healthcare workers, and hearing about significant need for PPE. In response, we want to bring our successful PPE distribution model to the Miami area. With local volunteers' help, we are planning to go to at least a dozen hospitals as well as homeless shelters, nursing homes, and public housing complexes. New York had an outpouring of support from across the country when COVID hit NYC this spring, and Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes wants to show that New Yorkers care. If you can volunteer in Miami/Hialeah, sign up at www.bit.ly/cutredtapevols. If you are a hospital in need of PPE, e-mail [email redacted]
Please come to the aid of our heroes! The more money we raise, the more supplies we can provide. With your help, we are putting PPEs (face masks, sanitizer & more) directly in the hands of NYC hospital & nursing home workers, veterans, the homeless, public housing residents in hot spot zip codes, and others at risk. We have handed more than 775,000 PPEs to more than 115,000 New Yorkers so far. We are bringing PPE to hot spot zip codes with 15% and higher positivity and also fulfilling emergency PPE needs for organizations like nonprofit nursing homes and adult care facilities that have run out of PPE. Below, we list the dates and locations where we have handed out PPE.
In addition to generous GoFundMe donations, as of Sept. 28, we have received approx. $47,300 in cash through PayPal and checks made payable to our 501 (c)(3) Art Science Research Laboratory at 62 Greene St. 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012. The more money we raise, the more people we can help!
We need caring people to step up so we can continue helping healthcare workers and others in need. 100% of your contribution will pay for PPE we give NYC healthcare workers and others at risk. An $18 donation buys one PPE kit for hospital workers (1KN95, 7 surgical masks, 1 face shield).
“'This feels like having gold. Gold! Because we don’t have sufficient supplies. It’s very, very bad,' said Karen Titus, a nurse clutching a Shearer-issued bag containing seven surgical masks, a KN95 filter and a face shield" -- Washington Post article on our efforts. Thanks to the Post for reporting on founder Rhonda Roland Shearer.
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In the South Floirda area, Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes has brought PPE to:
-Jackson Memorial (Sept. 22)
-Larkin Palm Springs (Sept. 22)
-Westchester Hospital (Sept. 21)
-West Gables Hospital (Sept. 21)
-99 Assisted Living Facilities
-Camellus House and various organizations for vulnerable communities
-Florida Medical Center (Sept. 21)
-City of Hialeah Fire Dept. (Sept. 19)
-North Shore Hospital (Sept. 19) morning and night shifts
-Hialeah Hospital (Sept. 18)
-Waterford Nursing Home (Sept. 18)
-United Home Health Care aides (Sept. 18)
-Virginia Springs PD (Sept. 17)
-Palmetto Care Rehab (Sept. 17)
-West Gables Hospital (Sept. 17) morning and night shifts
-Westchester Hospital (Sept. 17) morning and night shifts
-Larkin Palm Springs Hospital (Sept. 16)
-Palmetto General Hospital (Sept. 16)
-Coral Gables Hospital (Sept. 15)
-Coral Gables Emergency Unit (Sept. 15)
-Hialeah Hospital (Sept. 14)
-Larkin Hospital South (Sept. 14)
-Epworth Retirement Village (Sept. 11)
-Hialeah Nursing Home (Sept. 11)
In the New York area, Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes has brought PPE to:
-Bronx Public Housing - Office of Michael Blake for Students in 79th Assembly District (Sept. 24)
-St. John's Episcopal Hospital Back to School Giveaway (Sept. 3)
-NYPD PSA 7 Back to School event in the Bronx (August 27)
-Twin Parks Houses public housing in the Bronx (August 27)
-Jackson Houses public housing in the Bronx (August 27)
-BronxCare Hospital (Aug. 19)
-Matheny Hospital for people with developmental disabilities (August 11)
-Twin Parks Residences in the Bronx (August 7)
-Murphy Houses in the Bronx (August 7)
-Howard Houses residences in Brooklyn (July 30)
-Jackson Houses residences in the Bronx (July 23)
-VA Hospital Manhattan (July 23)
-Cypress Hills residences in Brooklyn (July 18)
-St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Queens (July 8)
-Queensbridge Houses in Queens (July 3)
-Metropolitan Hospital, Manhattan (July 2)
-River Park Towers in the Bronx (June 26)
-Ocean Hill apartments in Brooklyn (June 19)
-Harlem Hospital, Manhattan (June 17)
-Harlem Vet Center, PPE for Veterans & Community Members, Manhattan (June 12)
-Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn (June 10)
-Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn (June 9)
-James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, PPE for Veterans (June 5)
-Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn (June 3)
-James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx (May 31)
-St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark (May 27)
-University Hospital, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn (May 20)
-Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn (May 20)
-Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn (May 17)
-VA Medical Center of Brooklyn (May 15)
-Lincoln Medical Center, Bronx (May 13)
-Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island (May 12)
-Metropolitan Hospital Harlem (May 9)
-Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn (May 6),
-North Central Bronx Hospital (May 3),
- VA Medical Center New York, Manhattan (May 3)
-University Hospital, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn (April 29),
-Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn (April 29)
-Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan (April 20),
-and more to health service organizations including: New York Homeless mobile feeding unit, Doctors without Borders, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, CAMBA, Homeless Street Outreach & Services with Bowery Mission, Emergency Shelter Network, New York Health Care Home Care Services, Housing Works' COVID-19 Homeless Shelter Workers, and more.
More than 2,000 workers from King's County Hospital and University Hospital of Brooklyn lined up in late May to pick up PPE from Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes. (Credit: Robert Ripps)
Doctors and nurses in New York City continue to tell us of shortages and fear retaliation if their name is revealed. One respiratory therapist told us in mid-July the face masks they were given were old, rotting and falling apart. A worker at another hospital where we recently brought PPE wrote, “I received a wonderful bag of PPE from your organization this morning and I just want to thank you!! I’ve been using the same face shield for weeks! And I re-use my face masks and I am truly grateful for your generosity. “
A Florida hospital worker told us, "PPE is EVERYTHING at a time like this! As healthcare professionals we should not be anxious fearing the inability to protect ourselves and our families while working hard to safely take care of ALL our families :(. Having an N95 mask makes me feel more comfortable knowing my Patient as well as myself are safe as we can be. We cannot practice social distancing (Pre/Post Surgery) but I have the appropriate PPE, the Patient has a mask, and I feel we're both participating in each others safety to the best of our abilities."
Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes' PPE kits of 3-ply surgical masks for community members (Credit: Robert Ripps)
We purchased: 3/4 of a million Surgical Masks, hundreds of thousands of KN95 masks, Face shields, Gowns, Hand Sanitizer & more
Received In-Kind donations : DiVal Safety (Tyvex, Gloves); Jeeves of Belgravia (trucking and delivery); Super Health Pharmacy (trucking, banners, PPE discounts), Moishe's Moving & Storage (storage), Keep Breathing NYC (ear savers), NYU Grossman school (10,000 face shields); Housing Works, a New York City based non-profit fighting the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness, provided volunteer support to process and assemble kits for distribution.
Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes volunteers at Lincoln Hospital, where we handed out 30,000 items of PPE to hospital workers. (Credit: Keith Barraclough)
Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes is a project of Art Science Research Laboratory. There’s no time to wait to fundraise first in a crisis. So ASRL’s founder Rhonda Roland Shearer went ahead, borrowed money, and started buying hundreds of thousands of dollars of hard-to-find PPEs for our first responders and healthcare heroes. Now we must raise money to pay the bills.
Our experience: After Sept. 11, Rhonda sprung into action and started a similar program for Ground Zero first responders, supplying desperately needed PPEs for NYC city uniform services and raising millions of dollars from foundations. We are uniquely able to find and distribute PPEs and other supplies because of experience as the main WTC supply operation for city uniform services for the entire 9/11 recovery operation. Back in the first days of Ground Zero operations, my not-for-profit first operated out of the back of a truck to deliver respirators and other PPEs directly into first responders' hands, as widely documented in foundation and news reports.
WTC Ground Zero Relief was Art Science Research Laboratory’s emergency response project that provide PPE for uniform services (NYPD, FDNY, PAPD) at the nine month Ground Zero cleanup after 9/11.
Rhonda Roland Shearer, an artist, scholar and award-winning journalist, provided Charles King, Housing Works’ longtime director, with original funding and start-up space for Housing Works in 1990 in her art studio, and later started Housing Works Thrift Shop. Shearer is a philanthropist and director of Art Science Research Laboratory, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit that she co-founded with her late husband, Harvard professor and scientist, Stephen Jay Gould.Shearer borrowed nearly one million dollars to buy PPE's for 9/11 first responders who also did not have proper safety equipment. Through ASRL, a private family foundation, she later raised millions of dollars to pay the vendor bills for the WTC Ground Zero Relief Project. She is again using borrowed money to secure personal protective equipment for workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. ASRL publishes numerous websites including the award-winning iMediaEthics media ethics news website, the NASA Astrobiology Magazine (now just an archive), and the art research website Tout Fait.com. The legendary philanthropist Paul Mellon gave approximately $2 million to originally fund ASRL.
Housing Works is a NYC-based non-profit whose mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain their efforts. Housing Works is on the front lines of the COVID-19 response efforts. They are currently serving low-income New Yorkers through their community healthcare clinics, housing programs, & integrated case management, and are currently operating an emergency shelter for homeless New Yorkers with COVID-19.
Volunteers, including founder Rhonda Roland Shearer, in the Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes van on the way to hand out PPE to public housing residents at Jackson Houses (Credit: Dominic Colacchio)
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Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes handed out PPE to residents of River Park Towers, which was called the "death towers" in a New York Times article because of COVID cases. (Credit: Robert Ripps)
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