Tangi non-profits receive much-needed PPE
HAMMOND---Forty boxes of essential personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies were delivered to critical nonprofits throughout Tangipahoa and the region by the Northshore Community Foundation this week thanks to a $10,000 donation from the nation’s largest privately-held medical supplier and distributor Medline Industries located in Covington. Medline’s team has been working around the clock since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to get critical supplies to healthcare facilities to help treat virus victims and stop its spread.
Child Advocacy Services, OPTIONS, Our Daily Bread, Southeastern’s Wesley Foundation and Richard Murphy Hospice House were only a few of the Tangipahoa nonprofits who received the PPE boxes. Face masks, gloves, a touchless infra-red thermometer, bleach, disinfectant, sanitizing wipes and cleaning supplies, as well as a huge bottle of hand sanitizer were among the items included in the box to help these organizations reopen and safely resume serving.
“As a longtime member of this community, Medline is proud to stand with the Northshore Community Foundation and organizations on the frontlines helping those who need it most,” said Nick Latino, Medline’s Director of Operations. “Our Parish has a network of organizations performing a critically important role to help those impacted by COVID-19. It is essential they have the protective equipment needed to help others operate safely.”
The Northshore Community Foundation activated its Northshore Emergency Relief Fund in early April to deal directly with the emerging crisis in the region and has distributed nearly $375,000 to meet the most critical needs.
“Having the NCF as a partner has been invaluable to us during this time. They think of things that we will need before we think of them,” said Rob Carlisle, Executive Director of CAS.
Medline has been serving hospitals and nursing homes on the Northshore and in the southern U.S. from their distribution center in Covington for more than 15 years. “Being a good neighbor for Medline goes beyond serving its customers in healthcare. It also means supporting organizations in our community who serve others —like us— especially in this time of great need,” said Susan Bonnett Bourgeois, CEO of the Foundation.
CAS: (from left) LaKisha Penn, Joelle Henderson, Lauren Reynolds, Debbie Richardson, and Rob Carlisle … and Hayward, therapy dog, all of Child Advocacy Services.
Wesley Foundation at Southeastern: (from left) Fay Bright, NCF board member and Hammond resident; Rev. Sam Hubbard, Director of the Wesley Foundation; Leslie Landry, Vice President of the NCF; Melissa Guerra, Operational Director Wesley Foundation; Ryan Guerra, Volunteer Food Coordinator Wesley Foundation; and Max Cook, Wesley Foundation resident.
Our Daily Bread: (from left) John Hair, Executive Director Our Daily Bread and Rick Durham, volunteer.