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Austin Disaster Relief Network asks Austinites to donate personal protection supplies

Austin Disaster Relief Network is encouraging Austinites to donate protection gear for frontline healthcare workers.

AUSTIN, Texas — In response to the protection gear supply chain shortages for the medical community and healthcare workers throughout the Austin area, the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) announced it was partnering with the City of Austin Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and Austin Public Health (APH) to facilitate the collection of protective gear from the public.

In anticipation that supply chain challenges continue, it is expected that these critical supplies will be needed by frontline healthcare workers treating of COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks, ADRN said. HSEM and APH are working together to distribute the donated supplies based on need.

 ADRN is encouraging Austinites to donate the following supplies:

  • Hand Sanitizer (of all sizes)
  • Antibacterial soap 
  • N95 masks (NEW)
  • Surgical masks (NEW)
  • Industrial masks (N-95 or Dust)
  • Disinfectant wipes (NEW)
  • Latex-free gloves
  • Eye protection goggles or glasses (NEW)
  • Face shields (NEW)
  • Protective gowns (water-resistant)
  • Disposable food-grade Gloves
  • Thermometers (NEW only); old style or new style, especially non-contact version
  • Portable handwashing stations

“What a great opportunity for Austinites to pay it forward to a community of professionals that have always been there for us in our time of need,” said Daniel Geraci, executive director of the Austin Disaster Relief Network. “I personally went through my own stash of personal protection gear and dropped off a box full of new protection supplies to make sure healthcare workers were protected as they assist those impacted by the coronavirus. I am also personally asking Austinites to join me in what I am calling the Coronavirus Challenge, as the coronavirus is trying to take away life, I am asking Austinites to give life by giving out of their abundance to help healthcare professionals.”

ADRN is asking the public to drop off their extra supplies at the following locations:

  • ADRN Headquarters/HOPE Family Thrift Store
    • 1122 East 51st St., Austin, TX 78723
    • March 22 through March 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Celebration Church (North)
    • 601 Westinghouse Road - Georgetown, TX 78626
    • Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Greater Mt. Zion (East)
    • 4301 Tannehill Lane - Austin, TX 78721
    • Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Life Austin (Southwest)
    • 8901 W. Highway 71 - Austin, TX 78736
    • Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
  • Expression Church (Northwest) 
    • 3502 Hatch Road – Austin, TX 78613
  • Shoreline – South Campus 
    • 2008 Brandt Road – Austin, TX 78744 

ADRN will ensure that all supplies get the appropriate sources. All donations are tax deductible.

The organization is also asking for funds to ensure it has the resources needed to support the Church of Austin and its volunteers. All funds raised will go toward providing churches and volunteers with the tools, trainings and resources needed to meet the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by COVID-19. Donations can be made online through https://adrn.org/give/ or mailed to: ADRN, P.O. Box 15424, Austin, TX 78761

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