Forty boxes of essential personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies were delivered to critical nonprofits throughout Tangipahoa and the region by the Northshore Community Foundation this week thanks to a $10,000 donation from Medline Industries in Covington.
Medline’s team has been working around the clock since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to get critical supplies to health care facilities to help treat virus victims and stop its spread, said Director of Operations Nick Latino.
Child Advocacy Services, OPTIONS, Our Daily Bread, Southeastern’s Wesley Foundation and Richard Murphy Hospice House were only a few of the Tangipahoa nonprofits that received the PPE boxes.
Face masks, gloves, a touchless infra-red thermometer, bleach, disinfectant, sanitizing wipes and cleaning supplies, as well as a huge bottle of hand sanitizer were among the items included in the box to help these organizations reopen and safely resume serving, Latino said.
“Our parish has a network of organizations performing a critically important role to help those impacted by COVID-19," he said. "It is essential they have the protective equipment needed to help others operate safely.”
The Northshore Community Foundation activated its Northshore Emergency Relief Fund in early April to deal directly with the emerging crisis in the region and has distributed nearly $375,000 to meet the most critical needs.
Rob Carlisle, executive director of Child Advocacy Services, called the partnership invaluable.
"They think of things that we will need before we think of them,” he said.
Medline has been serving hospitals and nursing homes on the Northshore and in the southern U.S. from their distribution center in Covington for more than 15 years.