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Medical supply donations help hospitals fight coronavirus

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Posted at 5:37 PM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 19:27:53-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As coronavirus continues to spread in the Kansas City metro, hospitals need additional supplies to keep their workers safe.

Organizers put together a drive-thru in Overland Park on Saturday for members of the community to drop off some supplies, such as unused masks (N95 preferred), gloves, soap and hand sanitizer.

The event helps the University of Kansas Health System and Children’s Mercy Hospital.

“The goal of this drive is to collect necessary items that we can transfer to our health care workers trying to protect all those amazing people that interact with patients and support the hospital,” said Dr. Chris Jenson, who helped organize this event.

The donations supply personal protective equipment for those on the front lines battling COVID-19.

One woman who donated items, Rachael Sorcher, said she had extra hand sanitizer.

“The people working in the hospitals are kind of the front lines right now, superwoman and super heroes,” Sorcher said.

For two hours on Saturday, about two dozen volunteers gathered with crates and a large truck to put the donations in, while keeping a distance from the donors.

Most of the volunteers work in the medical field, so they see the shortage first hand and understand the importance of these donations from the community.

“It feels good to see people helping out the community, helping each other out and doing whatever they can do, even if it’s not a lot,” said John Davis, “I just wanted to help out, more, whatever I can do spend some time helping the community out. “

It’s a community coming together, helping them, so they can help the community.

“It doesn’t matter if we have any kind of a natural disaster or whatever happens in this community,” said Ron Wilson, who donated some items. “Everybody always pitches in, so I think it’s just in us as Midwesterners to do what we can.”

Organizers told 41 Action News they will probably hold more events as the need persists.