Compassionate action is the heart of Buddhist practice.
As you know, healthcare workers are the front-line fighters against the COVID-19 pandemic. With the critical shortage of medical supplies in hospitals nationwide, and the time lag before the US manufacturers can meet the demands of this shortage, we encourage all Buddhists and others interested in helping to come together in an effort to generate the resources to help our healthcare workers. This is the first concrete step for us to make a difference.
How To Help
There are two ways you can help our relief efforts: donation and coordination.
Here is how step-by-step each donation leads to helping medical workers.
Our mission is to bring together all schools and branches of Buddhadharma to serve.
We have reached our goal!
We are no longer accepting donations. Thank you to all who have supported Dharma Relief! May all beings be free, healthy, and happy.
From over 2,766 unique online donations between March 30th and May 18th, DharmaRelief raised $354,929. An additional $294,626 came from miscellaneous checks and wire transfers. This gives us a total donation base of $649,555.
Overall, we have procured 1.2 million masks. 620,000 masks have been delivered to 173 hospitals across 34 states in North America, including Canada, and Mexico. The remaining masks are undergoing customs investigations before being shipped to North America.
Medical Supply Shortage
The North American shortage of medical supplies has multiple causes, including problems with the global supply chain. Before this pandemic, for instance, China produced approximately half the world’s face masks. As the infection spread across China, their exports came to a halt.
Now, as the infection spreads globally and transmission in China slows, China is shipping masks to other countries as part of goodwill packages. The United States has not been a major recipient due to, among other reasons, the US-China trade war.
The shifting US rhetoric about this virus has also caused a delay in acquiring the PPEs so desperately needed. Our efforts in procuring FDA approved surgical masks will not compete with US hospitals’ efforts in getting these masks because it is impossible for hospitals to directly contact mainland Chinese manufacturers without mediation. We aim to procure large quantities of FDA approved surgical masks directly using our trusted connection to a manufacturer for North America.
How To Help
Due to shortages of the official N95 respirators, with the CDC’s order to reuse old ones, nearly all hospitals are now accepting other types of masks. In addition to the US government’s recent purchase of PPEs, Dharma Drum Mountain purchased 140,000 surgical masks from China to be distributed to hospitals and shelters in the NY and NJ areas, two of the worst hit regions according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We need to order much more if we are to help the rest of North America during this time lagged shortage. Here’s how you can help:
We launched this website on March 31. Our projected fundraising aim was $100,000 USD to purchase a large quantity of FDA approved surgical masks. However, by the morning of April 1st our donations had exceeded our goal. We are very grateful for the enthusiasm. We will target the first and second tier states that are most affected by the coronavirus according to the CDC website, and reach out to as many hospitals as we can that accept surgical masks. We encourage you to continue your support!
Tallahassee Chan Center (501c NPO), on behalf of Dharma Drum Retreat Center, will serve as the acting mediator of this Dharma Relief Project to accept donations. 100% of your donation will be used to purchase and ship the masks. We have already vetted a manufacturer in mainland China whose products are approved by the FDA.
We have people on the ground in China to secure quality control. As of April 1st each mask was $.55, including shipping, but the costs of the masks and the shipping rate is rising daily. Each recipient institution will receive at least one box of 2,000 masks. We will distribute to as many different hospitals in North America as possible.
We have reached our goal, and are now distributing the masks amongst various hospitals across North America. To see our progress, please scroll down below for pictures.
We need volunteering Dharma centers to help spread the word of this project. We hope that Dharma centers and individuals can act as satellite points in coordinating the distribution of masks. For accountability purposes, the volunteering Dharma centers and individuals will follow our procedure for contacting the recipient hospitals or other institutions and follow their protocols for receiving donations. Please contact the Tallahassee Chan Center. if you or your center wish to help. We will provide detailed instructions on the coordination procedure.
Being Without Self
Bright Way Zen Sangha
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
Dharma Drum Mountain Dallas
Dharma Drum Mountain Seattle
Dharma Drum Mountain San Francisco
Dharma Drum Mountain Tallahassee Chan Center
Dharma Drum Mountain Toronto
Dharma Drum Mountain Vancouver
Dharma Drum Retreat Center
Drepung Loseling Monastery
Florida Community of Mindfulness
Houston Zen Center
Kansas Zen Center
North Carolina Zen Center
One Earth Sangha
Sanshin Zen Community
Hector Pascual Alvarez
From our inception on 3/30, we reached $250,000 in donations by 4/03.
We order boxes.
As of 4/26, we have ordered 1,000,000 masks from our trusted vendor in China.
We call hospitals.
Our volunteers call hospitals all over North America to arrange PPE shipments.
24 Buddhist centers and 58 volunteers have heard our call to help connect your donations to hospitals.
620,000 masks have been delivered to 173 hospitals across North America. Another 672,000 are en route.
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