Article by Liam Carstens
As the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and vaccine distribution begins, BBF continues to support healthcare workers and vulnerable populations with pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE). Our donations of N95 face masks, surgical masks, gloves, face shields, gowns, and other protective gear are ongoing, and we continue to purchase new PPE to address this crisis.
Through the generous support of local foundations, BBF has purchased PPE to be distributed to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), nursing homes, hospitals, civic groups, religious organizations, and schools throughout the continental US (with a focus on Western PA), Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Honduras, Lebanon, Malawi, Nigeria, the Kingdom of eSwatini, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Cambodia, Jamaica, Lesotho, the Dominican Republic, Italy, and China.
From BBF’s initial distributions of PPE to the Wuhan Science & Technology University Hospital in China to our current donations of PPE to local partners, we have distributed over 3.2 million pieces of PPE to those in need since February 2020.
Kim Rabatin, the Supervisor of Purchasing for Centerville Clinics in Fredericktown, PA recently wrote to BBF. “I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your generous donation. It will help many employees and patients. The kindness you have shown can never be expressed properly. So, all I will say is ‘Thank you!’”
We at BBF are so thankful for folks like the staff of Centerville Clinics who work every day to address this pandemic.