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Amazon donates PPE to several Milwaukee-area community organizations

United Way and Amazon face shields for non-profits
Posted at 11:55 AM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 14:04:18-04

MILWAUKEE — United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County and Amazon have teamed up to connect PPE to community organizations serving vulnerable members of the community.

On Tuesday, a delivery truck was loaded up at the Amazon Fulfilment Center in Kenosha and sent to make deliveries at several nonprofit organizations.

"Ultimately, we are a part of the community, our teams are part of these communities and we like to give back in every way that we can,' said Gaige Greising, General Manager of Amazon's Kenosha Fulfilment Center.

PPE is expensive and is hard to come by amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"It makes a huge difference," said Wendy Weckler, Executive Director of Hope House Milwaukee, an emergency homeless shelter that received some of the donated face shields on Tuesday. "Our budgets are tight, especially now."

In total, Amazon donated roughly $7,000 worth of PPE to organizations.

"As everyone knows, it's been hard to keep these kinds of supplies in stock and we have to continue to do our jobs. There are still people in need, there’s still people that need shelter. It’s starting to get cold," said Weckler.

Hope House of Milwaukee, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center (SSNC) and Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic (WCDC) all received donations Tuesday.

In total, roughly 2,000 face shields were donated by Amazon Tuesday and roughly 10,000 face shields will be donated in total.

"Right now it's critical for our organizations to be safe, to have dace shields and face coverings and the appropriate PPE as they working directly with community members in vulnerable populations," said Tim Coughlin, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County helped connect the donated supplies to the community organizations on the receiving end.

Amazon and United Way both helping to bring protection to those helping on the front line by serving vulnerable members of our community amid the ongoing pandemic.

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