Over a month ago, the Carlisle Chinese American organization submitted the article "Extending a Helping Hand to a Besieged City" to the Carlisle Mosquito, asking for aid to medical professionals fighting COVID-19 in Wuhan.We received both monetary donations and many kind messages of heartfelt respect to those front line medical workers in Wuhan. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all for your support and generosity.
At that time, we failed to foresee that our own American medical staff and doctors would soon face a similarly dire situation. As the virus continues to spread in Massachusetts, we learned that medical staff at many Boston area hospitals are facing a critical shortage of masks and other medical supplies. This deeply saddened our hearts, and we believed that it is vital for us to turn our organization's attention to our local communities and to help alleviate the medical supply shortage issues in America. We thus have repurposed our mission from “Carlisle Chinese for Wuhan” to "Carlisle fights COVID-19".
Our WeStar Alliance, a non-profit organization, has also responded accordingly. They have worked tirelessly to seek out reliable sources in China to purchase medical gear and masks to support hospitals and clinics in our MA area. Many ordinary folks in China also enthusiastically offered assistance to help secure the supply chain. We are grateful that they wish to give back and show their gratitude to the American people who helped them during their difficult times. They understand that the war against coronavirus is a world wide struggle, and that we are all in this together.
Reports show that many Chinese-Americans, including our own community members, have already made substantial monetary contributions to the CDC and local hospitals. The Carlisle Chinese-American Association has been taking similar actions. In addition, when we learned that some of our neighbors who work in hospitals were in need of masks, many donated their own masks, which they got from their friends and family from China as the situation over there improved. Others have begun to sew protective masks from home using the guidelines approved by Emerson Hospital. We also initiated another round of fundraising, raising over $2000 in a week to contribute to the WeStar money pool for N95 masks purchasing. So far, they have been able to distribute a thousand surgical masks and many protective suits to Tufts, Beth Israel, BWH, and other local service organizations, respectively.
This is an unprecedented time, and we hope that everyone can join hands in fighting the pandemic, protecting our heros in the medical field. It can be easy to be disheartened when we are exposed to all the negativity in the news, but it is important to remember that so much good is being done around the world by ordinary people who choose to trust in love and humanity. By working together and staying positive, we will overcome and prevail.
Right now, we are continuing to collect information regarding supply needs from hospitals and clinics in the Boston area. Please email us if you wish to include yourself, your clinic, or hospitals in the list. Click here to see the list.
As always, let us know if there are any other things we can do to help!
Wishing everyone safety and health!
Carlisle Chinese American Residents Organization (CCARO). (firstname.lastname@example.org) ∆