We’re stronger when we work together.
That was the theme outside Village Hall on Tuesday, where a recently launched coalition of Chinese American and overseas Chinese organizations unveiled a huge donation of personal protective equipment.
The idea is to help locally in the global fight against COVID-19.
“We are going to defeat this together, and we are all in this together,” said Angelene Huang of The American Chinese United Care Alliance, which since March has raised $5.8 million in cash and in-kind PPE donations.
“We’re stronger together than we are apart,” added Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri. “This group understands our needs. And that’s what this is all about. This is about taking care of each other.”
The group arrived in Patchogue with 16 boxes packed with equipment from donors that included the Wuhan University Alumni Association of Greater New York and the Beijing Assocation of New York, among others.
The boxes contained 11,000 disposable masks, 300 protective gowns, 500 KN95 masks and 1,000 surgical masks to help support relief efforts organized through Greater Patchogue Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), a part of the chamber’s nonprofit Greater Patchogue Foundation.
The masks will be distributed to local frontline workers, such as those at the ambulance companies. Equipment is also going to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue and Medford Multicare Assisted Living.
Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco was on hand Tuesday as well. He thanked the Chinese group and COAD for its relief efforts. COAD is a volunteer group led by Marian Russo, also the village’s Community Development Agency executive director, that was formed after Hurricane Sandy.
“Thank you to everyone today. This is the way we get through a pandemic. Together, united, and working as one,” Calarco said.
Wuhan Alumni Association member and a Mount Sinai professor of neuroscience, Xiaoxiao, was also on hand to speak.
His association quickly raised over $1 million as the coronavirus raged through Wuhan, China, then they turned their attention to helping those in hard-hit New York City and its suburbs.
“We cannot be more grateful for those who have fought on the front lines, and their sacrifices,” he said. “New York State is our home. New York City is our home.
“We will not stop the fight against the virus until we win the war.”