Bank of the West, Tesla, Target, celebrities, school teachers, donut shops and others deliver “stunning, unexpected” gifts to Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital to help fight COVID-19
Bank of the West is the latest major funder to step forward with a significant show of support—$350,000 in unrestricted funds—for Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital’s (MLKCH) efforts to fight COVID-19 in the South Los Angeles community it serves.
The gift came as a surprise, according to Dyan Sublett, president of the MLK Community Health Foundation, which supports MLKCH’s work.
“This is a stunning gift that will make a major contribution to keeping our front line workers safe and healing the bodies and spirits of our highly vulnerable community,” said Dyan Sublett, president of the MLK Community Health Foundation, which supports the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. “We are incredibly thankful for this extraordinary and unexpected act of generosity from Bank of the West. And we are thankful for all the wonderful people and organizations that have stepped forward to support our community.”
In addition to the Bank of the West, MLKCH has received highly-needed gifts of medical equipment and supplies from other major corporations, including Tesla, which donated 20 Variable Positive Airway pressure (VPAP) machines to the hospital, and Easy Breathe, who donated an additional 6 AirCurve BiPAP machines.
Support has come in surprising ways. Target Corporation emptied its Southern California stores for MLKCH after an MLKCH emergency department nurse reached out by email. In total, Target will donate nearly 3,000 N95 masks.
The International Medical Corps, which normally provides emergency aid overseas, donated two large medical shelters, as well as 50 bedside monitors, giving the hospital additional triage and treatment space and capacity for the rising numbers of COVID-19 patients.
The business owner of a Willowbrook senior housing facility, as well as the Wade family (Zaya Wade, daughter of actress Gabrielle Union and her husband, former Miami Heat basketball player Dwayne Wade) each gave a substantial surprise gift to MLKCH. The hospital was selected because of its demonstrated success in providing quality care to a highly vulnerable community.
Along with generous outright gifts, MLKCH continues to receive an enormous outpouring of love and support from and for its South LA Community.