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Wisconsin Dental Association donates medical supplies to help healthcare workers during pandemic

Posted: 6:17 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 20:49:01-04

NEW BERLIN — We know healthcare workers are in great need of personal protective medical supplies. Well, help is on the way! TMJ4's Charles Benson was there when the Wisconsin Dental Association made a considerable donation.

The WDA is donating supplies from its postponed Mission of Mercy effort - which helps low-income people with free dental cleaning and exams.

The new mission - get these masks, gloves, and protective gear to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.

They need to be used in our hospitals and care facilities, so that's why we're donating these supplies," said Dr. Thomas Rainmann, President of the Wisconsin Dental Association.

With one mission postponed, another is making progress. In the stacks of boxes are 20,000 masks, 25,000 gloves, and 1,700 gowns that will soon head to people who need it most.

"We're taking this generous donation from these gentlemen and ladies out to certain areas around Wisconsin to help fight this coronavirus and hopefully nip it in the bud, Special Ryan Emerson with the Wisconsin National Guard.

Emerson and Lucas Lagan, with the Wisconsin National Guard, picked up the donated supplies from a New Berlin warehouse to be distributed soon.

Wisconsin Dentists are also feeling the economic downturn with the Safer at Home policy, they're still accepting emergency visits and want to do their best to help others.

"We're hoping the governor lifts that as quickly as he can, but first and foremost, they're healthcare providers," Mark Paget, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Dental Association. "They want to do what's right, and they want to protect the public."

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