The Helping Alberta initiative was born out of the imminent possibility of equipment shortages in Alberta, such as masks and gloves, due to the pandemic, said co-founder Melissa Lamothe.
“Alberta has done a very good job of ensuring there is inventory in the province,” said Lamothe in an interview with 770 CHQR on Thursday.
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“We are not immune to what is going on with the COVID pandemic.
“We are seeing what is happening in other parts of the world – the supplies are being used at a rate that no one really expected. “
Last Thursday, the group of volunteers raised more than $ 55,000 on their GoFundMe page to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers.
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Lamothe said these workers include more than just medical professionals.
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“Our hospitals are our first line of defense. But think of the vulnerable populations – the First Nations and the shelter – these types of places need a lot more reinforcement to prevent the epidemic from happening there, “she said.
“COVID-19 does not discriminate. “
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The group is also asking industries in the province with access to PPE to donate their equipment to those who need it most.
“With industries like oil and gas, construction, dentistry, veterinary medicine, aesthetics, trade schools and even hotels – all of these industries have PPE, such as gloves, masks and cleaning products, “said Lamothe.
“We just want to do everything we can to make sure that we pool all possible community resources to put together as much protective equipment to support these public bodies.”
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The group is asking for donations of PPE, including surgical masks and gloves, disposable protective gowns, face shields, glasses and a hand sanitizer.
“The sooner we stop the spread, the faster we can recover from this pandemic.”
Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday at Unit 117, 1240-20 Ave. SE.
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