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BAPS Charities coordinates global response to COVID-19 pandemic

Amid trying time for society in the middle of this pandemic, stories of communities and individuals coming together continue to inspire all. In the words of late President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, “When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had.” Healthcare workers and frontline responders are rightly hailed as heroes, but there are  ordinary volunteers serving society and doing extraordinary things.

A global pandemic requires a global effort, and BAPS Charities, which is active in nine countries across five continents, has mobilized its volunteers throughout the world including the United States, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Australia, India, and some African countries to support local healthcare workers, hospitals, police and fire departments, and the most vulnerable including seniors and children.

Key pillars of BAPS Charities’ efforts include donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical facilities, first responders and essential workers, ensuring food availability for those affected or at-risk, providing assistance for essential equipment needed at hospitals, as well as assistance to organizations dealing with mental health and well-being.

PPE donations

BAPS Charities has arranged to provide for 5,000 N95 masks to some of the hardest hit hospital systems in the New York / New Jersey area.  Joseph Chirichella, President and CEO of Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Burlington County, NJ, called the donation a “wonderful gift at a critical time.” Another 5,000 surgical masks were given to the Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA. Kimberly Hartz, CEO there remarked, “This donation helps a lot… For BAPS Charities to think about us means a lot.”

In Massachusetts, BAPS Charities donated surgical masks, N95 masks, and hand sanitizer across the police departments of three cities – Lowell, Tyngsborough, and Chelmsford.

Total PPE donated in USA: 49,300.

This includes N95 and other surgical level masks, nitrile gloves, bottles of hand sanitizers, protective eyewear / face shields.

Hot food for healthcare workers and care packages for seniors

As frontline medical workers toil to care for COVID-19 patients, their own well-being assumes importance. BAPS Charities provided hot food packages to these heroes. In Los Angeles, 7,500 hot meals, packaged snacks and beverages were served to frontline workers. In Chicago, over 400 food packages were donated across various hospitals.

Volunteers also reached out to provide care packages and food donations to the vulnerable and affected families across America.  In the greater Atlanta area, BAPS Charities, in collaboration with BAPS Shayona, delivered 1,000 care packages to senior citizens and families.

Food and care packages delivered in USA: 26,000.

This includes hot vegetarian food, packaged snacks and beverages, essential supplies.

Assisting hospitals and other organizations in need of equipment

In other situations, BAPS Charities recognized that financial assistance was the best way to provide support. In Dallas County, Texas, $10,000 was donated to the Parkland Hospital Foundation, and appreciated by COO David Lopez, “Donations of this nature go a long way to really allow us to meet community needs!”

Organizations that serve the mental health and well-being of their communities were other key beneficiaries. In the Greater Dallas area, BAPS Charities donated $7,500 across local community support organizations including Irving Cares, Brighter Tomorrows, and the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas.

Cumulative donations to hospitals, mental health and other support organizations (USA): $32,500

Nilkanth Patel, President of BAPS Charities, thanked the volunteers: “We sincerely commend and thank all of our volunteers who have exemplified the spirit of service by supporting these frontline heroes as needed. This is a global pandemic. We need everyone to do their part, because ultimately we are stronger together.”

Elsewhere, BAPS Charities Canada has donated over 13,000 PPE to support 13 hospitals, and delivered over 3,200 food packages in 43 cities. In the UK, over 9,900 meals have been delivered. In India, volunteers have provided over 4 million meals in addition to 1.7 million kg vegetables and 2.8 million kg of grains for sustenance during the nationwide lockdown. 

Contact: BAPS North American Headquarters, Email: media@na.baps.org

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