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Project C.U.R.E volunteers answer call to help during coronavirus pandemic

Volunteers give 100 hours during coronavirus-related lockdown
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Posted at 3:52 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 17:52:30-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Tucked away inside a massive warehouse, not even a pandemic can stop a team of Project C.U.R.E volunteers.

"We really are a family of everyday heroes," said Project C.U.R.E volunteer, Brian Eberle.

These everyday heroes collect and distribute medical supplies for some of the most desperate communities in the world, but when the novel coronavirus hit, they found that need right in their own backyards.

"Before COVID, Project CURE would deliver as many as 20 semi truck trailers a month to developing countries around the world. When COVID happened, we completely pivoted this organization and all the stuff that we were working on was delivering the masks and the gowns and the gloves and the sanitizer to hospitals and clinics and EMS workers right here in our communities," said Project C.U.R.E, CEO, Douglas Jackson.

That effort has taken a team of volunteers. Together, they held PPE (personal protective equipment) drives and delivered 10 semi-truck trailers full of donations to emergency workers on the frontlines.

"It was nuts. We were handling, picking up and sorting and inventorying and delivering as fast as we could masks, gowns, gloves," said volunteer Lynn Billman.

In fact, each of the ten volunteers gave at least 100 hours of their time during the lock down. Many of them are in high-risk categories but felt compelled to help.

"We did all the social distancing, I felt very safe. We came in as you can see, gloves, masks, we’ve been very safe in how we do it," Eberle said.

Today, Project C.U.R.E has resumed shipping medical supplies to countries across the world, but their work here in the United States likely saved countless lives, making this dedicated group of men and women the perfect 7Everyday Heroes.

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