Colorado youth raise $20,000 to donate personal protective equipment
In an urgent response to the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) in Colorado’s hospitals and clinics, local organizations moved quickly to fundraise and purchase gear. A collaboration between Youth Creates, Caring Mom Group and Denver Chinese School has raised more than $20,000 in March. The three groups have worked tirelessly to purchase N95 and surgical masks for health professionals in Colorado.
‘The situation is dire. It’s a duty of every citizen to chime in and fight the pandemic together,” says Stephen Zhang, founder and CEO of Youth Creates. Zhang is a sophomore at Cherry Creek High School; he established the group in December 2018 to provide youth with opportunities to give back to the community.
“I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a gentle heart for community service,” he said.
The Youth Creates team consists of only youth, mostly of which are highschoolers, but some are college or middle school students.
The team has established a channel of purchasing N95 and other PPE. Zhang says: “We have deliveries coming for the following hospitals: Rocky Mountain Infectious Disease Specialists, Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, Littleton Adventist Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, UC Health, and St. Luke’s Medical Center. We are in the process of ordering more for others on the waitlist.”
"We are all part of this community and it is our duty as members to step up in the time of a crisis. It is essential for every one of us to take our share of responsibilities and support our fellow citizens. Together, we can get one step closer to ending the coronavirus. Please spread the word for this cause. The more people know about it, the better since we can have a bigger impact on our communities.” - Stephen Zhang, Cherry Creek High School