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United Way creates donation portal for medical supplies

Coronavirus concerns creating shortage in some medical supplies
Posted at 4:10 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 18:17:17-04

BOISE — The supply of medical protective equipment necessary to help fight COVID-19 is critically low. United Way of Treasure Valley set up a central donation portal to match the new and unused supplies ready for donation with local medical providers.

"United Way of Treasure Valley is partnering with our Regional District Health Units of the state of Idaho," said United Way of Treasure Valley President and CEO, Nora Carpenter. "That includes Southwest District Health for Canyon County, up the Highway 95 Corridor, Central District Health for Ada County, Elmore County and up the Highway 55 Corridor."

As part of this partnership, they are urging places that are closed, like nail salons, auto shops, and dental clinics, to donate their protective equipment and medical hygiene items. Supplies like this include gloves, hand sanitizer, face masks, cleaning supplies and medical equipment.

"We're really reaching out to any type of business that might have any type of protective equipment or gear that keeps their workers safe while they do their regular job," said Carpenter. "Those are all helpful in the medical environment right now."

Carpenter also says the donation process for donors is easy, quick and safe.

"A donor simply goes in and checks their items to donate and then enters their information. United Way then has a mirror site where our health care professionals enter their needs, and we match up what's available with the needs."

United Way will collect the supplies through the online collection portal, and are asking residents not to drop off any donations in-person to ensure safety.

For more information or to donate visit, www.unitedwaytv.org.