Local Heroes: Wendy Lu & HumankindNOW Deliver PPE
Monday, May 11, 2020
Society Member, Wendy Lu, and HumankindNOW Deliver PPE to Health Care Professionals
Distressed by the lack of personal protective equipment available to health care professionals, CFA Society San Francisco member, Wendy Lu, and a team of Silicon Valley executives launched HumankindNOW, a 501c3 non-profit organization that is finding, funding, and delivering PPE to front-line healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19. HumankindNOW's all-volunteer team is made up of engineers, investors, supply-chain experts, and public health professionals.
Wendy, a dual national, uses her knowledge in Chinese industrial production and language skills to help source and deliver products. HumankindNOW's goal is to provide 10,000 front-line medical professionals in the US the PPE they need to do their jobs safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. In working towards that goal, they are raising $2.5 million in donated cash and PPE supplies.
As of April 29, 2020, HumankindNOW had distributed 25,720 N95 masks and other PPE to a those most in need including:
- San Francisco VA Hospital
- Doctors without Borders
- Navajo Nation - where the infection rate is 10 times that of neighboring areas in Arizona
- Multicare Spokane
- Kaiser Permanente in California
- The Rehabilitation Center of South Georgia
- The Chinese Hospital Gellert Health Services in Daly City, CA
- The Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children in Hawaii
- And 31 nursing homes in various states that have run out of supplies, to name a few.
Tax-deductible financial contributions are currently being accepted at https://www.gofundme.com/f/human-kind-now. Individuals who have PPE supplies to donate can do so at HumankindNOW.org. Front-line healthcare workers can also visit HumankindNOW.org to submit requests for free PPE. One hundred percent of financial and supply donations will be used to provide PPE directly to front-line healthcare workers at no cost to them.
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