One of the best things about doing this work is networking and meeting some of the wonderful people that have dedicated their time to helping those after Hurricane Sandy. Today I “met” Robert Gessman, a medical student in Scranton, PA, who assessed the needs of his hometown of Staten Island and organized 30 of his peers to bring supplies, tetanus shots, and knowledge to this heavily affected area. UWSLoves saw just how much help was needed in SI during our trip yesterday.
This weekend, Robert’s group from Commonwealth Medical College worked tirelessly in a combined effort with FEMA, the American Red Cross, New York State Nurses Association, NYPD, FDNY, and the nYC Department of Sanitation to keep Staten Island healthy.
The group spent $6000 dollars on 300 tetanus shots and $4000 dollars on supplies like:
- first aid kits
- sterile saline/eyewash
- heavy duty garbage bags
- shovels, brooms, buckets, and bleach
- work boots hard hats and goggles
- cut-resistant work gloves
- winter coats
- basic medical supplies and pharmaceuticals
- headlamps, flashlights, and batteries
- battery powered place heaters.
The combination of cut-resistant work gloves and tetanus shots serve to limit the number of life threatening infections that often come from working or walking in disaster zones/condemned buildings.
Today the medical students went home and Robert is still working to help his hometown. Amazingly they have raised about half of what they DIRECTLY spent on supplies for this initiative, but he is still in need of support in the form of donations and spreading the word to people that could possibly donate.
Please check out his donation page and read more about his work, and I am sure you will be as impressed with Robert and his peers as I was.