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Hope In Crisis: Americans Volunteer To Get Supplies to the Frontline

April 24, 2020

Across the country, we continue to see neighbors and businesses continue rising to the occasion to help America defeat the novel coronavirus.

Here are just a few examples:

More PPE Is On the Way  

Many groups, from UnitedHealth to Iconic Medical Group, are donating millions of dollars and partnering with manufacturing firms to help boost the supplies of PPE, such as masks and surgical gowns.

It’s not just companies who are stepping up – workers in Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia are donating their time, too. CNN reported that workers nationwide are volunteering to help make protective supplies.

“All the first responders, all the people on the front lines, we thank you,” one worker said. “That’s what makes our job easy to do.”

I’m Lovin’ It 

McDonald’s announced that they are launching “a nationwide program to provide free meals to first responders and healthcare workers.”

This initiative, which starts today and ends on May 5th, will give any worker on the frontlines of the crisis a free “Thank You Meal” from the burger chain.

This in addition to groups like United Airlines, who is partnering with the Houston Food Bank to transform a cargo facility into a food distribution center.

Supporting Our Heroes Families

Countless health workers have given their all during this fight – putting in extra time at work, isolating themselves from their families, and serving those who need it most.

Unfortunately, this is the last fight for many of these heroes. “About 9,000 U.S. health care workers had positive coronavirus tests as of April 9 and 27 had died,” the AP reports.

New York Life and Cigna have created a $100 million fund to support the families of these workers whose lives have been lost due to the virus. These families are eligible to receive up to $60,000 from this fund.

Anonymous Gifts Making a Big Difference

In the Hoosier State, a group of anonymous small businesses teamed up to pay an entire town’s water and sewer bills.

“I thought that was pretty great for a town that’s no bigger than what Fortville is, to have such caring people,” Fortville town Manager Joe Renner said.

Want to read more on the fight against Coronavirus? Read our Coronavirus Bulletin here which contains our extensive FAQ about recent federal actions.

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