Americans show creativity, innovation, and compassion amid COVID-19 crisis

WASHINGTON: Several companies across the United States are gearing up to ensure that health workers and their communities are safe in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Numerous individuals and businesses have bonded together to use their crafts to ease medical supply shortages, The Epoch Times has reported.

These organizations have shown compassion and generosity, and working around the clock to deliver masks, hand sanitizers, isolation gowns, and ventilators to people who need them the most.

Colin Garrette, 19, a driver, has been working with two Virginia distilleries — Bondurant Brothers and Springfield Distillery — to provide free hand sanitizer to hospitals, nursing homes, and police and fire departments in South Central Virginia, The Epoch Times report said.

The report quotes Garrett as saying that they started delivering last week, and will continue to do that throughout as long as they are able to.

Likewise, Mike Evock, the founder of Racing For Heroes, says it’s really hard for people at risk of suicide at this difficult time for everyone.

Most of the Americans responded to the crisis by stockpiling supplies. One of the most sought-after products on the market is hand sanitizer that helps prevent the spread of the virus.

Several people have exploited the situation by hoarding essential items for reselling.

Trey Sinclair, the founder and president of Dry County Brewing, is distributing the hand sanitizer to fire stations, nursing homes, and neighborhoods for free.

He has been getting a phenomenal response.

A nonprofit organization, Unshattered, which trains and employs women fighting addiction has been producing face masks to help support hospitals.

Likewise, founded by a former IBM executive, Kelly Lyndgaard has been helping women overcome addiction in New York City, the report said.

According to The Epoch Times, six women who are recovering are using sewing machines in the office to produce masks.

Similarly, America’s oldest retailer, Brooks Brothers, announced it would begin making gowns and masks. It is converting its North Carolina, New York, and Massachusetts factories to produce around 150,000 masks per day instead of shirts, suits and ties, the report said.

Allen Edmonds Shoe Corp. also said it would be producing masks for hospitals in Wisconsin.

CEO of MyPillow, Mike Lindell, said he transformed 75 percent of his manufacturing capacity in producing some 50,000 masks a day.

Garment firms in Manhattan — 6 Henshaw boutique, Mary Nez, and Raul Penaranda — switched over to sewing masks and donating to New York City hospitals.

Woodside Homes, a homebuilding company collected N95 protective masks to donate them to health care workers.

Likewise, some entrepreneurs created a website to address the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as surgical gloves, N95 masks, and isolation gowns, and other medical devices.

The online platform named ‘Project N95’ currently serves as an intermediary between suppliers and health care institutions around the world.

Meanwhile, Ford Motor and General Electric said they’ve partnered to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days, The Epoch Times said.