▶️ Agencies look to the community for personal protective gear; masks, gloves and more needed

By MEGHAN GLOVA
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY

A shortage of personal protective gear, across the region has encouraged residents, who want to keep others safe, to bridge the gap.

“Our medical professionals are just doing an outstanding job,” said Bend resident John Mackay. “And they’re very brave people for doing what they’re doing. So anything the community can do to support them, I think is fantastic.”

Friday’s drive was hosted by the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network, and donors had to option to drop-off masks, gowns, and gloves at eight locations.

The gear will be shared with the Saint Charles Health System and Central Oregon’s Emergency Operations Center.

Jane Dunham was one of many to donate at Bend High Friday morning, even while trying to self-isolate. 

“We’re self quarantining anyway, so we though why not give the masks to the medical professionals who need them,” said Dunham. “And then my husband ran out and got a couple boxes of gloves last night because he had seen some at the store earlier. So just trying to do a little tiny bit.”

Dunham says it’s important for her family and others to take the precautions seriously.

“You need to stay home. You need to make yourself safe and more importantly, keep the rest of the community safe,” he said. 

After seeing an overflowing box of donations at Bend High, Mackay says he is touched by the way his community is coming together.

“Bend is the kind of community where people just, you know, they help each other out. And anyway you can help the community, particularly the medical industry, to get past this, this time we’re going through right now, it’s a wonderful thing. I’m just loving the way everybody’s pulling together right now.”

Donations will continue to be collected March 23rd-27th at the following locations:

Bend – Bend Senior High School, 230 NE 6th Street, and Ensworth Elementary School, 2150 NE Daggett Lane, 10:30-11:30AM

La Pine – La Pine High School, 51633 Coach Road, 10:30-11:30AM

Prineville – Crook County School District, Pioneer South, 641 E First Street, 12-1PM

Redmond – Redmond Fire Station, 341 NW Dogwood Ave, 10AM-12PM

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