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Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes

Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes

Please support our GoFundMe to bring more PPEs to NYC hospital workers and those at risk.

With your help, we are bringing PPEs to NYC doctors, nurses, healthcare staff, and others at risk.

cutredtape4heros truck

Come to the rescue of our heroes! The more money we raise, the more supplies we can provide.  We need caring people to step up so we can continue going to hospitals, help healthcare workers in need, and later expand to nursing homes.  We have handed more than 700,000 items of PPE to more than 105,000 hospital, homeless shelter, and nursing home workers, veterans, public housing residents. and others at risk.

CONTACT:
General inquiries: info@asrlab.org
Media inquiries, e-mail both info@asrlab.org and lori@lorilefevre.com
Donate through GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/f/cut-red-tape-4-heroes
For Volunteering, sign up here: bit.ly/CutRedTapeVols
If you would like more information about donating, privately donating, or corporate donations, please contact info@asrlab.org and/or +1 (212) 925-8812.

Rhonda Roland Shearer unloading PPE outside Coney Island Hospital, June 10, 2020 (Credit: Robert Ripps)

June 9, Woodhull Hospital (Credit: Alyssa Meadows)

Woodhull June 3 (Credit: Robert Ripps)

Woodhull June 9 (Credit: Alyssa Meadows)

VA Bronx May 31 (Credit: Keith Barraclough)

Veterans event June 5 (Credit: Keith Barraclough)

Rhonda Roland Shearer unloading PPE outside Coney Island Hospital, June 10, 2020 (Credit: Robert Ripps)

(Credit: Robert Ripps)

Lincoln Hospital May 13 (Credit: Keith Barraclough)

(Credit: Robert Ripps)

Richmond University Medical Center May 12 (Credit: Keith Barraclough)

St. Michael’s May 29 (Credit: Robert Ripps)

St. Michael’s Hospital in Newark May 29 (Credit: Robert Ripps)

Coney Island May 17 (Credit: Robert Ripps)

King’s County Hospital May 20 (Credit: Keith Barraclough)

 


Bellevue Hospital April 20 (Credit: Keith Barraclough)

Lincoln Hospital May 13 (Credit: Keith Barraclough)

King’s County Hospital May 20 (Credit: Robert Ripps)

VA Bronx May 31 (Credit: Robert Ripps)

Veterans event June 5 (Credit: Robert Ripps)

(Credit: Robert Ripps)

Just like Art Science Research Laboratory’s 9/11 supply operations, we are cutting through red tape for supplying PPEs during an emergency. Waste and endlessly disappearing donated PPE supplies happened then, and is happening now. Back in the first days of Ground Zero operations, ASRL first operated out of the back of a truck to deliver respirators and other PPEs directly into first responders’ hands, as widely documented in foundation and news reports.

The COVID-19 emergency has a similar failure in distribution–while the government and media continue to report millions of PPEs being purchased and shipped into NYC, it is frustrating and dangerous that health care staff still do not have sufficient PPEs. Our solution is CutRedTape4Heroes.org— a program where we park a truck packed with KN95 masks, surgical masks, Face Shields, Gowns in front of hospitals and nursing homes in need, and have volunteers securely pass out PPEs to health care workers who stand in line 6 feet apart. Heath Care Workers show a valid hospital ID (which we photograph with a phone camera like when you enter buildings) to obtain needed PPEs.

Beneficiaries of ASRLAB COVID-19 Efforts So Far:

1. Hospital workers at Harlem Vet Center, Woodhull Hospital (2 times), VA Medical Center Bronx (2 times), Coney Island Hospital (2 times), VA Medical Center of Brooklyn, Lincoln Medical Center, Richmond Univ. Medical Center in Staten Island, Metropolitan Hospital Harlem, Bellevue Hospital, Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn (2 times), University Hospital in Brooklyn (2 times), VA Medical Center in Manhattan, North Central Bronx, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and more.
2. FDNY EMS, First Responders, Fire Inspectors
3. Housing Works’ Covid-19 Homeless Shelters’ Staff
4. Health care workers at nursing homes and homeless shelters
5. Home care workers
6. Veterans and community members in hot spots including residents at public housing (Ocean Hill Apartments, Queensbridge, & River Park Towers)

“We know from our experience after 9/11 that there is no time to wait to fundraise first in a crisis. We need to move quickly to buy, then deliver the equipment where it is most needed to assure we are saving as many lives as we can,” said Rhonda Roland Shearer, co-founder of ASRL, who is using her home equity loan to launch the project. “If that means standing on street corners, handing out masks to nurses, we will do that.”


To learn more and contribute to Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes, visit at cutredtape4heroes.org or follow along for updates on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
Media inquiries, e-mail both info@asrlab.org and lori@LoriLeFevre.com
Donate through GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/f/cut-red-tape-4-heroes
For Volunteering, sign up here: bit.ly/CutRedTapeVols
If you would like more information about donating, privately donating, or corporate donations, please contact info@asrlab.org and/or 212.925.8812.


Art Science Research Laboratory , a 501c3, not-for-profit,  was the main provider of desperately needed respirators and personal protective equipment for uniform services (police and fire) during the 9 months of recovery operations at World Trade Center Ground Zero after Sept. 11. Learn more about our Ground Zero work in this New York Times article or on our website for WTC Ground Zero.

 

Photo of WTC Ground Zero

Photo of Rhonda Roland Shearer unloading supplies from a truck during WTC Ground Zero Relief (Credit: Kelly Guenther)

Photo from 2002. Photo credit: Kelly Guenther

Photo from 2002. Photo credit: Kelly Guenther

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