Operation UNITE staff, in an effort to assist front-line workers with Kentucky’s COVID-19 response, has donated 1,000 protective gloves to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Ten boxes of Nitrile gloves were accepted by Lieutenant John Yates and Trooper Scottie Pennington at the Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London on Thursday, April 9, by UNITE President & CEO Nancy Hale.
Nitrile gloves are allergy-safe, stronger, and are more comfortable to wear than their latex counterpart.
“Thanks to our office supply partner, Bissell’s Inc. of Corbin, UNITE was given an opportunity to purchase these safety gloves in response to Governor Andy Beshear’s call for donations to assist in the statewide response to COVID-19,” Hale said. “UNITE staff took up a collection to raise the funding necessary to purchase these gloves.”
“UNITE Coalitions, UNITE Clubs, and UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) members have been doing what they can to support needs within their communities,” Hale continued. “It is everyone’s responsibility to look out for their neighbors and take protective measures that ensure this virus does not continue to spread. This was one way for UNITE staff to step up and provide support.”
In addition to safety gloves, Governor Beshear said Personal Protective Equipment being collected include coveralls, face shields, respirators, safety goggles, surgical masks, sanitizing wipes, disinfectant spray, and hand sanitizer.
Kentucky has established a hotline (1-833-GIVE PPE) and website (giveppe.ky.gov) to streamline the entire donation process. In addition, PPE donations now are being accepted at all 16 Kentucky State Police posts across the commonwealth and at Transportation Cabinet offices in Louisville and Lexington.
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Pictured from left are Kentucky State Police Lieutenant John Yates, UNITE President & CEO Nancy Hale, and Trooper Scottie Pennington, Public Information Officer for Post 11 in London.