Thousands Of Items Of PPE And Medical Equipment Donated In Windsor-Essex

Friday April 3rd, 2020

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A local call for donations has resulted in thousands of items of personal protective equipment and medical equipment donated to front line health care staff across the region.City of Windsor and County of Essex staff first issued the public appeal for medical products on March 23rd, 2020

Due to the generosity of the local community, as of April 3rd:

  • Over 90 individuals or organizations have donated materials and supplies;
  • 1,500 N-95 respirator masks have been collected;
  • 31,000 surgical face masks have been received;
  • 29,000 pairs of disposable gloves have been donated;
  • Nearly 100 pairs of goggles or face shields have been collected

Officials say donations are arriving in both large and small quantities, ranging from a single box of gloves to a donation of over 14,000 face masks from one organization.

“I knew when we launched this call to action that folks in our community would rise to the occasion,” says Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “On behalf of the City of Windsor, I want to thank all of those who have already donated or are making arrangements to do so soon. The donation centre remains open, and I encourage everyone who can to consider making a contribution to support our frontline health care workers at this challenging time.”

To make a donation, you’re asked to visit the WFCU Centre at 8787 McHugh Street and pull up to the Community Rink doors off the main parking lot where staff will direct you after a short screening process. The hours of operation will remain on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30am to 2:30pm for the foreseeable future.

Officials say the items are being put to immediate use in hospitals, by paramedics, fire, police and correctional services, as well as long-term care homes.

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