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.
The Gary Sinise Foundation teamed up with the LAFD Foundation to provide the Los Angeles Fire Department with protective face shields as they work diligently on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Thank you for all the support. You've supported us with other donations and equipment," said LAFD Assistant Chief Wade White. "This is a big deal for us." As our founder and chairman, Gary Sinise, reminds us, "while we can never do enough for our defenders and their loved ones, we can always do a little more." Special thanks to Pen Company of America for providing the equipment to make this donation possible. Click Here to watch the full story covered on ABC7.
Watch the video below as Gary shares impactful stories from the Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service campaign.
The Gary Sinise Foundation partnered with the Los Angeles Police Foundation (LAPF), local businesses, and generous volunteers to establish a safe haven for Los Angeles police officers who cannot go home between their shifts as they battle the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Some LAPD officers are unable to return home because they live with high-risk loved ones, and others have struggled with the distance between their residences and work due to recently-implemented 12-hour shifts. With nonessential businesses closed because of COVID-19, the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Los Angeles Police Foundation sponsored free barbers and shoe shiners at the LAPD Academy for two weeks.
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:
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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.