Chinese communities across the country were some of the first to organize sourcing channels for COVID-19 medical supplies. In early 2020, many Minnesotan Chinese American organizations stepped up to donate funds, source medical supplies, and donate them to areas in China with the greatest need.
In the Name of Love Foundation was formed by the Minnesota International Chinese School, the Minnesota Chinese American Chamber of Commerce, and the Council for US-China Medical Technology Exchanges to raise funds, purchase oxygen concentrators vital to treating severe COVID-19 patients, and ship them to hospitals in Hubei Province where the virus was first detected. First Link joined this volunteer initiative in late February, offering help in English-language communication efforts.
In addition, 23 local Chinese restaurants donated portions of their profits to the fund and local Chinese wholesale food suppliers donated fresh produce and fruits to food shelves. Details of these efforts were covered in last month’s China Insight (p. 9).
Looking ahead, there is a prediction of a peak in cases around the beginning of July. The Chinese organizations will continue their efforts to help the Minnesota community stay healthy. There are many leaders in Minnesota’s (and other) Chinese have driven the development of grass-roots initiatives. The networks and collaborations that have arisen out of this crisis will still be here when COVID-19 crisis subsides.
If you would like to get involved, check out the organizations’ websites.