Public fundraising Due to COVID-19
I have been blocked at home since 12th March, which is the day coronavirus goes crazy. At this time, staying at home is painful for me, as I see the United States is suffering exactly the same as what China has suffered in the past few months, but I cannot do anything to help the community around me. Moreover, I also see many people in this situation still choose to attack each other. As an international student and as the ambassador or Green Peace, I think I have to do something to help the people around me, to help the city I lived in, and to help people fighting in the frontline. I decide to hold public fundraising with my friends to raise some money and masks and donate them to the hospital. I will update the progress of fundraising every day.
Besides, I will personally donate ten thousand masks from my family foundation, and I will also post any progress I will make in the future.
The Number of Money We Have Raised: 10,623
The Number of Masks We Have Raised: 3,600
Today is the first day we start, so we start to gather anything we have. There are five of us in the team so far, and three of us have the masks so we donate most of our masks. It is actually impressive that my groupmates are glad to donate most of their mask gratis. The masks of the rest two of us are coming, so I think we can raise more masks among us. Good starts!
After the first meeting with groupmates, I assigned each other their own works. They are responsible for the first round of masks asking from students in my high school while I am responsible for finding mask resources and end-user distribution.
My groupmates are making progress. Only asking students in high school, we gathered 1,300 masks. However, I find it is difficult for me to find a reliable mask production factory.
Lucky news! After asking one of my friends in Grinell, he recommended a mask factory in my hometown, Powecom. This factory is responsible for producing masks for the city government and the military in Guangzhou. Besides, we are also thinking to start our second round of fundraising.
We met a few times and decided to publish an article, pushing it through friends or classmates. By the same time, I connected with my school and the headmaster said he can distribute them into local fire-departments.
My friends and I successfully gathered all the masks from our classmates, and we dropped them off at the school. It was the first time I left my house after the pandemic.
We pushed out articles between friends and families and gained some support from China. At the same time, I am looking for other organizations that need our help.
Much money was flooded in, thanks for all their kindness!
After contacting a few dozen organizations, I targeted 2 nursing homes in Massachusetts. At the same time, I also talked with the Chinese Association in Massachusetts and Iowa, as they say, they can help me to distribute the masks.
All end-user distribution was settled, and I also ask them to sign a liability waiver for me.
The fundraising process ends today as well, and in general, we gathered 10,000 masks in the second round!
The masks start to transport from China! I have to fill out much information in order to get them passed customs.