Hospitals and recovery facilities are in dire need of supplies to support COVID-19 patients, and protective equipment for health care workers as they care for patients who experience symptoms.
To help efforts in New York and Miami hospitals, DJ Khaled and his wife, Nicole Tuck, partnered with Direct Relief and online retailer simplehuman to help health care workers receive necessary supplies through the couple's We the Best Foundation.
Their efforts will provide more than 10,000 masks, gloves, and dozens of PPE kits to health care workers. Simplehuman will provide sanitizer and thousands of hands-free soap dispensers to communities across the nation, starting April 1.
"Helping our local community when and where we can has always been our mission since we started the We The Best Foundation back in 2018," Khaled told PR Newswire. "By partnering with Direct Relief, Nicole and I are able to reach the medical staff who are most at risk in local hospitals in New York and Miami. It's important to us to take care of those who take care of us."
Khaled and Tuck were inspired by their friend and designer Gelareh Mizrahi, whose brother works at a Brooklyn Hospital.
The state of New York had more than 66,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning, with more than 6,300 cases in Florida.