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Papillion La Vista Community Schools donates safety goggles, disinfectant to CHI Health Midlands

Posted at 6:50 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 19:50:07-04

PAPILLION, Neb. (KMTV) — Papillion La Vista Community Schools answered a call for help Monday they got a week ago. CHI Foundation was looking for safety goggles.

Superintendent Andy Rikli said with in a few hours, principals responded with not only safety goggles, but also hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes from schools individual stock piles.

“We know by giving away some of our supplies we may put ourselves in a bad position come next August,” Rikli said. “We go through wipes and gels and safety goggles through a large extent as you might expect educating 12,000 students per year. But the first priority has to be our medical providers. They’re working to keep us safe.”

Monday afternoon, the district dropped off carts full of supplies at CHI Health Midlands.

“They just overwhelmed us with donations and kindness,” Ann Allen, Foundation Development Officer said.

Julie Nichols, Surgery Manager, said the disinfectant wipes were a really big find because they go through them quickly.

“We use face shields, we wipe down all of those, we clean patients’ rooms, anything the patient touches, tables, any desktops,” Nichols said.

Nichols said kindness like this gives healthcare workers that boost they need.

“I think how we’re all coming together as a community and helping each other out is really keeping us positive, keeping us going,” Nichols said.

That was the district's hope, sharing their stockpile, so healthcare workers know how much we appreciate their work.

If you'd like to help, CHI asks you call the foundation at 402-343-4411 to arrange a donation drop off. You can also donate directly to the CHI Health Emergency Fund online.