PITTSBURGH — We know that the coronavirus pandemic is an overwhelming and stressful time for everybody, so we’re going to put together some positive things that are happening within our community to help those in need.
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It’s apparent that during hard times, the Pittsburgh region always comes together to help one another.
Ibis Tek, Inc., a Butler-based business, is donating 111 boxes of Personal Protection Equipment to Butler Health Systems.
The company has an excess of disposable PPE outfits, according to a release, and is giving them to doctors and nurses so they stay protected.
“Ibis Tek, Inc. has manufactured products for the Warfighter for over 20 years. We come to work every day with the thought of keeping those on the front line safe. The current global pandemic has put the healthcare worker on the new front line. We are honored to be supporting those efforts," said Katie Bertram, inventory supervisor.
Members of the Library Volunteer Fire Company in South Park have stepped up to provide free lunches to anyone who needs them every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Bruce Rayner and Cyd West are leading the operation are now up to over 300 lunches each day.
Jim Jeffrey, of the South Fayette Township police, said a lot of it is possible because of the generous donations from people and businesses in the area.
Lily, a 5th grader at Moon Area Middle School, wrote a book for her brother and other elementary kids to educate, prevent and cope with the Coronavirus. This video was submitted by Chrissy Giunipero.
Advantage Home Health Services and AdvantageCare Rehabilitation have started a campaign called #ProtectOurStaff, MakeAMask.
They’re asking volunteers to make face masks for our nursers, therapists and patients to use during this unprecedented shortage.
Their CEO, Amy Hancock, went to several stores and bought hundreds of vacuum bags, elastic hair ties and yards of fabric to make homemade masks that are able to filter out 85% of airborne particles.
The company said two volunteers in particular have been working hard since the start of the campaign. Autumn Mowry, an 11-year-old girl from Rockwood, has made over 31 masks so far with the help of her mother. Donna Czarny, from Bethel Park, was their first volunteer and has already made more than 37 masks, as well as over 24 starter kits for new volunteers.
Volunteers at Roots of Faith in Sharpsburg packed hundreds of bags of food to deliver to seniors in need.
Bags were loaded with non-perishable groceries, enough to ideally last recipients a week.
This is the third week volunteers have gathered to give away groceries.
Cranberry Township’s Community Response Team is giving back by gathering workers and volunteers to shop for people in need.
On Wednesday, volunteers will go to the Cranberry Township Public Safety Training Center, where they will be given paperwork and a shopping list, along with gift cards to purchase the items. Once they’re done, workers will unload their vehicles to maintain safe social distancing.
Teachers from Pittsburgh’s Allderdice High School put a video together for their students.
In the description on Youtube it says, “We are all in this together! See you all soon! #dicefamily.”
The Duquesne City School District will deliver lunches to students at their bus stops. The delivery is a partnership with Eat’n Park, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, PA Coach, Allies for Children and 412 Rescue.
Lunches will be loaded at Duquesne Elementary School, where lunches will still be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the deliveries will start at 11 a.m. at the following bus stops:
- Mifflin & Kennedy Ave.
- Crawford & Wool St.
- Crawford & 5th St.
- Commonwealth & Overland Ave.
- Commonwealth & Duquesne Place
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