CHICAGO – To help alleviate the ongoing shortage in emergency medical supplies, state Rep. Kam Buckner, D-Chicago, is promoting Serve Illinois’ donation drive for personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders and health care workers during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) outbreak.
“To help support the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, I am urging residents and businesses to donate personal protective equipment to our first responders and medical professionals, who are still facing a severe shortage of supplies,” said Buckner. “Our first responders and health care workers have our backs during this crisis, and now more than ever, we need to have theirs.”
The state is currently seeking unopened medical supplies, including face shields, gowns, masks, and gloves. All items donated should be in the manufacturers’ original packaging and unopened. Residents wishing to make a donation of equipment should contact Serve Illinois at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their official website at www.Serve.Illinois.gov.
“While this situation is dire, I know our state is strong enough to get through this health crisis,” Buckner said. “In order to get through this outbreak, we must stand united and do everything we can to support our first responders and health care workers on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.”
Residents can also stay informed on developments with the COVID-19 pandemic by reviewing information provided on the State of Illinois’ exclusive website, coronavirus.illinois.gov. Residents who want to share their thoughts or require assistance on this matter or any other issue in the community can reach Buckner at 773-924-1755 or by email at Buckner@Illinois26.com.
Buckner’s 26th District contains all or parts of Bronzeville, Gold Coast, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, South Chicago, South Loop, South Shore, Streeterville and Woodlawn.