CALL TO ACTION. PLEASE HELP US TO SUPPORT OUR RURAL MEDICAL PERSONNEL BY HELPING US TO PURCHASE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE). YOU MAY ALSO HELP US TO PROVIDE OTHER USEFUL ITEMS. FOR A HISTORY OF THIS CAMPAIGN, AND OF OUR ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE, PLEASE READ ON. Medical personnel in the Hudson Valley is working to develop coordinated responses to the Coronavirus pandemic. Shortages of PPE, in evidence nationally, risk the health and safety of medical personnel - even as these doctors and nurses work tirelessly to save lives. Please make a contribution of any amount through the PayPal link located on the right-hand navigation bar. You may customize your contribution there. Or, you may claim the opportunity to donate $70.00 to offset the cost of a PPE kit. You may do this using the Care Calendar. (Do remember, though, that donations in any amount are deeply appreciated.) WE NEED YOUR HELP. Having succeeded in lunch deliveries, we are pivoting now to prioritizing PPE so that we can do our part to keep our medical personnel safe in the midst of the worst respiratory pandemic in a century. We want to be in a position to buy things QUICKLY when the need arises. Here's what to do: 1. Register on Give InKind (for updates). 2. If you wish to claim the purchase of a kit containing PPE, a contribution of $70.00 will help to cover that cost. Because the situation on the ground is very fluid in terms of need - chains of supply and availability are ongoing challenges - specific dollar amounts may vary. $70.00 helps a great deal to cover the cost. If there are any surplus funds at the end of the campaign, we will donate them directly to the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation. If you would like to donate in this way, simply click on the date you wish claim. Your name will then appear on that calendar date. (You can be anonymous if you wish.) Afterward, donate through the PayPal portal on the right navigation bar. (You will receive a reminder prior to the date you claim.) Key in $70.00 using a credit card (or your PayPal account) and all arrangements will be made on your behalf. 3. You may contribute towards the general PayPal fund to buy PPE or to offer general frontline personnel support in any amount. Please remember - no donation is too small.
The support and protection of medical personnel during the Covid-19 pandemic is foremost in our minds. We kicked this campaign off by establishing a community fund to hire restaurants - now struggling as a result of sudden and precipitous economic insecurity because of the pandemic. We identified local restaurants to cater lunch for medical personnel at the Ulster mobile Covid-19 testing site. In addition, we have coordinated a campaign to source or sew thousands of masks to deliver healthcare workers, vulnerable populations, and others. You may also purchase a gift card from the offerings on our wishlist which is located on the right-hand navigation bar. Items like Lyft or Uber ensure that patients with transportation can get home. Pharmacy gift cards can ensure that patients without means can procure over the counter items. (We all know doctors who pay out of pocket for indigent patients.) Ebay is a great source of absolutely anything anyone needs. "When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." Fred Rogers Thank you for your continued support.