Leading disaster relief agency Samaritan’s Purse have released £194,000 worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits for essential religious and charity workers, the vulnerable, and those conducting frontline work in the community across the UK. The PPE kits labelled as Community Care Kits, along with grants of £1000, £3000, and £5000 aim to resource churches, charities and organisations supporting communities through the coronavirus outbreak.
Assembled in the Samaritan’s Purse Relief warehouse in Oldbury, each Community Care Kit is stocked with 100 FFP1 disposable face masks, 50 FFP2 disposable face masks, 100 pairs of disposable latex gloves, 100 pairs of disposable nitrile glove and two litres of alcohol-based hand sanitiser for workers use and for distribution to vulnerable community members. The kits, along with Community Care Grants hope to encourage community projects to continue operating, and possible new projects to begin.
Darren Tosh, UK Executive Director of Samaritan’s Purse says,
“Our experience in disaster areas around the world has taught us that during times of crisis like this, meaningful partnerships can be forged between churches and their communities. We want to stand in the gap for churches and organisations to help reach, and care for, as many people as possible who are suffering from the direct and indirect effects of the coronavirus pandemic.”
“The Church has an opportunity to boldly show compassion to their communities, and as many church workers are considered to be essential in working with the most vulnerable amongst us, they need protective equipment and funding to carry on their work.”
2020 sees Samaritan’s Purse celebrate its 50th anniversary, and inspired by the ethos of founder Dr. Bob Pierce, the organisation hopes these grants and care packages will support the good work of churches and organisations as they meet the practical needs of their communities. Samaritan’s Purse is currently operating two emergency field hospitals for Covid 19 patients in Cremona, Italy and New York City.
Churches, organisations and community groups can apply for the Community Care Grants and Community Care Kits through Samaritan’s Purse website: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk