Amid the continuing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and as healthcare and safety workers are struggling to find much needed medical equipment, Special Olympics Programs and athletes have found ways to give back to the communities that have given so much to our organization. Several Special Olympics North America Programs are donating their extra health supplies to healthcare workers who are on the frontlines of fighting the dangerous disease.
In the course of two weeks, Special Olympics North Carolina donated 10 temporal scanning thermometers to Carolinas Medical Center and Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte in addition to 11,000 pairs of medical gloves and 550 surgical masks to WakeMed in Raleigh and to UNC Health in Morrisville.
New York has the most confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States and has been struggling to keep up with thousands of people seeking medical help. Special Olympics New York lent a hand by donating 1,000 masks, 200 shoe covers, 30 boxes of gloves, 20 containers of disinfectant wipes and 10 bottles of hand sanitizer to group homes and other agencies in the state.
“These donations are our way of supporting the medical community that so generously supports Special Olympics North Carolina throughout the year.”
Special Olympics Colorado donated hundreds of masks and thousands of gloves to UCHealth, a statewide network of doctor offices, clinics and hospitals. They also put out a plea for their social media followers to donate health protective supplies.
Last week, we donated 1,000 masks, 30 boxes of gloves, 20 containers of disinfectant wipes, 200 shoe covers, and 10 bottles of hand sanitizer to #NYC agencies and group homes. We hope this makes a difference for those caring for our valued neighbors! #HealthyAthletes pic.twitter.com/ey8gu6gPuz— Special Olympics New York (@SpecOlympicsNY) March 30, 2020