Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief (IBDR) teams donated their unused personal protective equipment to medical workers around the state joining efforts to defeat the COVID- 19 pandemic that has brought most of the world to a halt.
The total numbers of N-95 masks, Tyvek suits, and Nitrile gloves donated by IBDR as of March 25, 2020 are: 2,190 masks, 970 suits, and 72 packs of gloves. They have gone to clinics and hospitals in Breese, Carbondale, Carlinville, Centralia, Chicago, East St. Louis, Harrisburg, Marion, Maryville, Mt. Vernon, Odin, Peoria, and places in-between.
N-95 masks, recommended for medical personnel by the CDC, filter out hazardous particulates including the Coronavirus. Tyvek protective suits are described by sellers as, “limited-use protective suits made of polyethylene.” Nitrile gloves protect the user’s hands from germs and are non-allergenic.
IBDR teams keep the masks, suits, and gloves on hand primarily for flood recovery responses when volunteers encounter mold and use toxic chemicals to do clean-up.
Disaster Relief is pleased to be able to do its part. “With great privilege IBDR and the Illinois Baptist State Association have been able to provide personal protective equipment to the medical professionals across the state of Illinois,” said Everett “Butch” Porter, IBDR State Coordinator. “We are honored to be able to provide this necessary equipment.”
Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief has over 950 trained volunteers who serve as part of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief ministry, the third largest relief agency in the United States. IBDR responds to natural disasters by providing chainsaw units, shower trailers, mobile kitchens, childcare teams, and chaplains. In the case of flooding, volunteers in their signature yellow shirts help homeowners with “mudout,” clearing flooded properties of debris and contaminated building materials, so they can begin rebuilding and recovery.
To learn more about IBDR, visit www.IBSA.org/DR.