Good Samaritan Delivers Free PPE To Bellevue Hospital

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Workers at Bellevue Hospital were given free safety gear courtesy of a good Samaritan who did similar work after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Rhonda Roland Shearer saw how difficult it was for healthcare workers to get personal protective equipment as the coronavirus pandemic continued to worsen. 

She says she’d often hear about their struggles, which prompted her to step up and help. Shearer went out and bought masks, gowns and gloves herself. 

“Everybody is I think trying their best. But sometimes just cutting directly through the red tape does it,” she said.

Shearer is co-founder of the nonprofit Art Science Research Lab and remembers seeing the same shortage of gear after 9/11.

"It's just like what's happening now. It's Groundhog Day,” she said.

Shearer parked her truck full of PPE outside the hospital on Monday morning to distribute it to healthcare workers,  at no cost to them at all.

While she’s not looking for compensation, she said she would like to look for a GoFundMe campaign or foundation to work with.

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