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Fort Worth launches PPE donation program to support local groups and schools

Fort Worth, Texas – The city of Fort Worth has a kind plan to give away extra hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment (PPE) to local groups and school workers. The project is a part of the city’s PPE Donation Program and is meant to help local groups and school staff fight the spread of COVID-19 and other similar illnesses.

There are over 1,250 boxes of disposable surgical masks, 56 boxes and 31 gallons of liquid hand sanitizer, and 354 bags of Wish hand sanitizer refills in the donation pool. This huge amount of stockpile is going to be given to different people and groups in the city.

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Chambers of Commerce in Fort Worth, nonprofits with a physical address or a program location in the city, and teachers and other school staff in Fort Worth are all eligible to apply for a donation. This project shows Fort Worth’s proactive approach to making sure that important supplies are available to people who are at the forefront of public teaching and interaction.

The Personal Protective Equipment Workplace Program set the stage for this donation drive. This program helps employers make safety plans that meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as explained by the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation. In June 2023, the Fort Worth City Council approved the first part of this program. It was finished in January of the next year.

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Since the first phase is over and the city has additional supplies, the choice to include more people in the donation program is a good one. A city of Fort Worth representative emphasized the importance of the PPE program.

“The PPE program is a great way to ensure that resources are provided to those who are in need and serve Fort Worth and can use them to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and similar illnesses,” a spokesperson with the city of Fort Worth said in a statement. “We hope that these donations will help keep our school children and community staff well.”

People or groups that want to take advantage of this initiative must send in an order form by March 25 that lists the things they need. Orders can be sent to Julie Robles at the city of Fort Worth either online or by email. The orders will be filled in order of first-come, first-served, and the city will contact people to set up pickup times during the week of April 1. Pickup locations are designated at Fort Worth City Hall and the City Hall Annex.

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If there is any extra PPE after this phase, the city has promised to give information on the next steps of the program. This way, no resource will be wasted in the effort to protect the health of people in Fort Worth.

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