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IOWA STRONG: University of Iowa students hold PPE donation drive for hospitals

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Student organization, Carver Community Against Covid, is doing their part to help with protective equipment shortages in heavily affected COVID-19 areas.

Starting this weekend, the organization held their first drive-by donation drives for PPE in the Coral Ridge Mall Parking Lot. Donors won't have to leave their car when dropping off donations.

Physician assistant student, Tori Shepard, has been preparing for the donation drive for a month.

"This is our first drive so we've been trying for a month to get details together and contacting local hospitals, on what they need, and what they will accept as far as donations go. It's pretty widespread, and you know it's changing every day," Shepard said.

The donations are immediately sanitized and stored. Their first day of operation, on Saturday, March 11, 2020, the organization received around 200 N95 masks in donations.

The donations will not go to all hospitals, but to those in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

First-Year medical student, Sienna Schaeffer, who can't be on the front lines says she wants to do anything to help her colleagues.

"A lot of us know the providers, they are our professors and for some of us even our friends or spouses. We just wanted to do what we can since we can't actually be there with them," Schaeffer said.

Chris Cooper is one of the donors, he donated a jug of hand sanitizer from a nearby distillery.

"They need it. I think it's great the students are donating their time to try and collect. I'm sure they'll have other ways on how someone could donate as well," Cooper said.

Allowed Donations:

  • N95 Masks
  • Surgical Masks
  • Face Shields
  • Latex-Free-Gloves
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Scrub Caps

Click here to contact Carver Community Against Covid.

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