New Organization My Hero Box are working through the music community to mobilize people to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and gowns, to healthcare workers in the New York City area.

The premise is simple: search for items in your home that you can survive without and send a box so the items can be used by healthcare workers to save lives.

The #HeroBoxChallenge aims to make use of what people already have on hand to help aid in the response to COVID-19. The movement has gained support from artists including Delta Rae, Maggie Rose, and Walt Disney composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Best, Tangled) who went to high school in New Rochelle, which was one of the early American areas to suffer an outbreak.

Needed items may be sitting unused in closets and cupboards. Equipment such as eye protection, gloves, masks, and more are often kept by people in industries like construction, painting, tattooing, nail salons, hair salons, dentistry, and veterinary care.

After the White House announced an expansion through April of social distancing recommendations to maintain six feet of separation at all times and avoid groups of 10 or more people, and New York Mayor Bill De Blasio predicted the worst is yet to come, the Hero Box Challenge is all the more important.

My Hero Box’s site provides a list of most needed items with images to show what might qualify. The site also gives information about where to send donations.

Find more information about My Hero Box here or information about helping through partner organizations Afya Foundation and #GetUsPPE.


Cameron Carr's writing has appeared in New Noise Magazine, Tuned Up, Susbtream Magazine, and The Deli, among other publications.

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