Determined Filipinos are initiating drives to help local healthcare frontliners cope with the difficult situation that is the Covid-19 pandemic. Among them is HelpThru, a charity organization raising funds for the nation’s response efforts.
In just over a week, HelpThru announced that they’ve been able to raise upwards of P800,000 and donated to 33 NCR-based hospitals. These care packages include gallons of alcohol, hundreds of masks, lab gowns, gloves, and face shields to the following hospitals:
- Quezon City General Hospital
- Sta. Ana Hospital
- Ospital ng Maynila
- East Avenue Medical Center
- Valenzuela Medical Center
- National Children’s Hospital
- Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital
- Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center
- Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Medical Hospital
- Ospital ng Paranaque, Rizal Medical Center
- Mandaluyong City Medical Center
- Philippine General Hospital.
They are en route to taking their initiative to hard-to-reach hospitals outside the National Capital Region, starting in North Luzon.
The ONE for ONE Project
Michico Oranga, co-founder of HelpThru, shared on a social media post that a lot of regular individuals have also indicated their willingness to help, prompting them to launch their ONE for ONE Project. Under this project, HelpThru donates one face mask for every face mask bought from them (all profits going to charity.)
“What’s good about our face masks is that they are washable, water resistant, and locally made. We’re helping the livelihood of seamstresses who are stuck during the lockdown period too,” Oranga said.
“Grabe, totoo ngang may bayanihan pa rin. (It’s true, helping out one’s neighbor as a community still exists). It is possible, so don’t lose hope! Keep safe everyone, and God bless you all.”