Villanova senior makes ‘COVID-19 kits’ for fellow students

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In the era of the coronavirus, Jasmine Mays, a Villanova University senior, came up with a way to look out for the health of her fellow students.

“Masks, hand sanitizers, wipes — but that was before wipes were hard to come into — tissues, surface wipes,” she said of just a few items in what she calls COVID-19 kit bags.

Mays began soliciting donations through a GoFundMe account and social media outreach.

“I put it on my Instagram and a lot of my friends, alumni started supporting it,” she said. “There was just a lot of support coming out the gate.”

A donor eventually stepped up to help provide a source of disinfectant wipes and even protective gloves.

Jasmine Mays' COVID-19 kit bags
Jasmine Mays, a senior at Villanova University, displays some of the COVID-19 kit bags she is collecting and distributing out of Simpson Hall. Photo credit Villanova University

Villanova staff also offered her space in Simpson Hall to store and distribute the kits, and word quickly spread across campus.

“Students reach out to me on Instagram and they can ask me for other things,” Mays said.

That list of needs now includes laundry detergent and deodorant, she said.

And with the flu season approaching, Mays wants to add items to the kits that are just what the doctor ordered — tea, cough drops, Tylenol and so on. She’s already found a source for thermometers, which are going in the next set of kit bags.