Medical personal protection equipment drive takes place on Saturday at Albertsons Stadium

Posted at 4:25 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 17:32:39-04

BOISE, Idaho — Hands of Hope Northwest is hosting a donation drive for medical personal protective equipment in the east parking lot at Albertsons Stadium from noon to four p.m. Saturday.

The idea for this event came from a registered nurse who's husband works as a doctor in the Cancer Institute at St. Alphonsus, this couple moved from Colorado this summer.

Denver had a similar event last weekend.

“We want to be proactive in the Treasure Valley," said Gina Gorden. "So even if we weren’t in dire need right now, we want to get some supplies on hand for our front line workers.”

Gorden reached out to state senators Maryanne Jordan and Cherie Buckner-Webb as well Chris Mathias who all helped get this idea off the ground as they partnered with Hands of Hope Northwest.

"Hands of Hope in Nampa normally does this work around the world, but they are taking their capabilities and focusing it on the Treasure Valley," said Maryanne Jordan the Senator for the 17th District in Boise. "Hands of Hope will help us with the distribution so we know it gets done right."

Hands of Hope has a list of personal protective gear they hope to have donated these include from either individuals or local businesses who extra equipment:

Surgical Masks
Clear Face Shields
Eye Protection & Goggles
Sterile & Non Sterile Gloves
Respirator Masks
Disposable Gowns
Unopened Bleach Bottles
Shoe Covers

The Chief Medical Officer at St. Al's told us his hospital has a sufficient amount of equipment for the time being but that could dwindle depending on what happens with the coronavirus in Idaho.

So right now people have the opportunity to help those who are on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, a signed showed up at St. AL's overnight and it said, "heroes work here."

The event will also be a drive-through event in an effort to practice good social distancing, organizers are asking the public who make donations not to gather at this event as the biggest goal remains to flatten the curve of this coronavirus pandemic.