PHOTOS: Mayor Crombie helps volunteer group deliver equipment to Mississauga hospital

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Volunteers assisted by Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie made a large delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Trillium Health Partners’ Mississauga Hospital on Friday morning.

STOP Covid-19, a volunteer group dedicated to fighting the pandemic, reportedly delivered 28,000 sterile medical masks to the hospital on Friday morning, marking the group’s final hospital delivery.

“We were privileged to have Mayor Crombie join us yesterday and deliver an encouraging address,” the group said in a recent statement.

The group called Mayor Crombie an honorary patron for the STOP Covid-19 fundraising campaign, which is focused on buying and distributing PPE for GTA health and community service providers.

"Our hospitals and our frontline healthcare heroes are facing unprecedented pressures as they work to manage this global pandemic. They are facing shortages of PPE and need the support of our community — now more than ever — to keep them protected and safe on the job,” Crombie said.

“I will continue to encourage our residents and local businesses who have the means to donate to THP's PPE campaign. We will only get through this by working together as Team Mississauga.”

STOP Covid-19 formed in early April with an urgent focus on acquiring and providing PPE to those who need it. The coalition of individuals and organizations is led by Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong, founder and chair emeritus of Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in Mississauga and former chair of United Way Greater Toronto.

"Before the campaign launch, we secured loans from volunteers and friends exceeding $600,000. This has enabled us to quickly purchase large orders of PPE,” said Wong.

"While each organization and volunteer may have a different reason to support us, we all share the same vision: Together, we will STOP COVID-19!”

STOP Covid-19 says its volunteers have delivered 44,000 masks to Peel Region hospitals as part of its first distribution of 200,000 medical grade masks across the GTA.

It is now expecting its second shipment of 300,000 masks within the next two weeks, and is already planning the rollout of these new supplies.

Photos courtesy of STOP Covid-19

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