Chinese American students in DuPage raises money to distribute PPE
A group of DuPage County students from the Chinese American community has raised nearly $39,000 in a donation drive and used the money to buy personal protective equipment to give to hospitals and health facilities.
The COVID-19 Relief Group, made up of students from Oak Brook, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale and Naperville, gathered money and supplies from Chinese-American neighbors and used overseas connections with manufacturers to order safety gear such as N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.
Angela Han of Oak Brook and Dov Chen of Clarendon Hills led the effort starting a few weeks ago and worked with other teens to raise money, find and buy protective supplies and package the gear to be given to roughly 40 health institutions. They've made donations to hospitals, smaller medical offices and police and fire departments including in Bolingbrook, Chicago, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Maywood and Oak Brook, among others.
The group's next goal is to send surgical masks to prisons to help protect people there from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
To donate to the effort, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-our-nursing-homes-covid19-free.