Just last week, the Paso del Norte Community Foundation established the EP COVID-19 Medical Equipment and Supply Fund last week to support the production and acquisition of needed protective equipment for front line workers.
Mayor Dee Margo was among the first to contribute personally to the new fund with a significant gift for PPE for the City of El Paso Police Department.
“Ensuring the safety of our community is the top priority of our police department at all times, and especially during this time,” says City of El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen. “We are grateful to Mayor Margo, for stepping up with this generous personal gift to ensure the health and safety of our police force as they work to serve our community.”
“I am blessed to be in the position to give back to our City that has given me so much,” said Mayor Dee Margo. “This personal donation of facial masks to the El Paso Police Department, through the PDN Foundation COVID-19 Medical Equipment and Supply Fund, will ensure their safety and wellness while responding to our public safety needs during our fight against COVID-19. We are a generous community driven by strength and unity.”
The EP COVID-19 Medical Equipment and Supply Fund has raised nearly $15,000 for protective equipment including an $8,400 gift from the Mayor, for the purchase of PPE for the El Paso Police Department from MFI International.
The balance of funds have been raised to support the production of face masks and face shields by a team of local 3D printers including the non-profit Fab Lab of El Paso. These local makers are using available 3D printing capabilities to fashion masks and shields for front line health care workers including physicians, nurses and staff at Centro de Salud Clinica La Fe.
Protective equipment – whether made locally or sourced by other providers – is an on-going need in our community.
For more information on how you can help, visit pdnfoundation.org.