With the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the nation, the Gary Sinise Foundation has launched a dedicated campaign called, Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service, which addresses the needs and priorities of those it is entrusted by the American people to serve and honor, with the addition of healthcare professionals.
During this public health crisis, Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service will be the gateway for providing grants to first responders in need of personal protective equipment when answering COVID-19 service calls. Financial assistance is also available to healthcare professionals, service members, veterans, first responders, and their families who have been impacted by the novel coronavirus.
Listen now to our founder and chairman, Gary Sinise, address the Foundation's response to COVID-19, and the steps being taken to accomplish the mission.
Since announcing the availability of First Responder grants on March 9, the Foundation has made strides in reaching departments in need of personal protective equipment and essential gear utilized in the fight against COVID-19.
After applying for a grant the Gary Sinise Foundation, Rincon Valley Fire District has received a new machine to help keep them safe from COVID-19. “The arrival of this equipment couldn’t be more timely,” said Battalion Chief of A Shift, Eddie Cornejo. New equipment granted by the Gary Sinise Foundation gives them the ability to clean their units from top to bottom, in places normal cleaning supplies couldn’t reach. Allowing for immediate disinfection and future, since the residual left behind is active for a year. Click here to watch the full story on KOLD News 13.
On July 8, the Gary Sinise Foundation, and Texas Roadhouse restaurant teamed up to feed hundreds of employees at the James E. Van Zandt VA medical center. GSF is also providing meals to VA employees in all the community clinics, including State College, Johnstown, DuBois, Indiana, and Huntingdon. Watch the video below from WTAJ news in Pennsylvania.
Watch the video below as Gary shares impactful stories from the Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service campaign.
The Gary Sinise Foundation donated protective equipment to Northwest Fire District in Tucson, Arizona, to help the district’s first responders prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their community. This equipment will ensure that harmful bacteria can be eliminated on a much greater scale than previously available.
During this extraordinary time, the Gary Sinise Foundation continues to effectively support those in need through its four programs and initiatives. The generosity of thousands of Americans continues to be the enabler of the Foundation’s work felt throughout the country and at overseas military installations. These stories illuminate just that:
We continue to achieve our mission of serving and honoring our nation's defenders and their families through the following ways:
Covid-19 Support Spotlight
Delivered meals to Erie VA Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania
Provided a new power cot system to Springwater Wayland EMS in Wayland, New York
Delivered 250 meals to CHI St. Gabriel's Health in Little Falls, Minnesota
Donated 15 meals from The Piggy BBQ to the staff at CHI Health at Home – Home Health and Hospice in Fargo, North Dakota
Delivered Panera Bread lunch boxes to the Camden VA Outpatient CBOC in Camden, New Jersey
Delivered meals to Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado
Delivered 75 meals to the ER and night shift employees at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston in Williston, North Dakota
Donated lunch to the Pueblo VA Clinic in Pueblo, Colorado
Donated meals to Dayton VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio
Served 180 meals from Beyond Juice to CHI St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids, Minnesota
Delivered 200 meals to MercyOne Newton Medical Center in Newton, Iowa
Donated 57 boxed lunches from Subway to CHI Lisbon Health in Lisbon, North Dakota
Delivered 250 meals from Wahlburgers to MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa
Fed staff members from the Spinal Cord Injury, Mental Health, and Environmental Management Services at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia
Provided meals to the West Roxbury VA Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts
Delivered a meal to Our Lady of Lourdes Women's & Children's Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Donated meals to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina
Donated lunch from Z’s Café to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas
Donated lunch to the Oscar G Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan
Donated Panera Bread box lunches to the staff at CHI Health Immanuel in Omaha, Nebraska
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We’re also providing financial aid to those affected by COVID-19, including covering the cost of groceries and utility bills, moving costs, and rent and mortgage payments.
The list of contributions goes on, yet our work is far from over. More help is needed, and more help will be on the way.
Read more about the Gary Sinise Foundation's official announcement about proactive measures in response to the coronavirus.
Through your continued support and generosity, the Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service will ensure our nation’s heroes and their loved ones are receiving the support and resources needed to overcome the crisis facing our country.