Quad Cities River Bandits Collecting Protective Equipment Donations

A personal protective equipment (PPE) donation drive will be held at Modern Woodmen Park on Saturday, April 11. The donation drive will collect PPE and other supplies "for the brave health care workers at Genesis Health System."

Donations can be dropped off from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the home of the Quad Cities River Bandits. Those wanting to donate can do so by driving into the Florian Keen north parking entrance where Western Avenue meets River Drive.

To minimize person-to-person contact, people can place all donated equipment in a large bin under a portable red tent in the lot’s northwest corner. Genesis asks that any donated items first be put in a trash bag then gently placed in the bin.

Items needed include:

  • Disposable, non-latex gloves (vinyl is preferred)
  • Bleach wipes
  • Anti-microbial hand soap
  • Spools of one-quarter to three-quarter inch elastic of any color
  • Regular protective face masks
  • N95 masks
  • Face shields
  • Tyvek one-piece coveralls
  • Eyeglass shields/goggles
  • Nasal testing swabs
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Other donations of any kind will be gratefully accepted

Genesis Health System President and CEO Doug Cropper says, "We are extremely grateful to the Quad Cities River Bandits for organizing a donation drive for needed supplies. Meeting the challenges of this pandemic is going to take all of us to respond effectively to this crisis. The community has been so generous and I have no doubt they will be there again for our hard-working staff at Genesis."

“It’s in these challenging times that the Quad Cities really shines,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “There’s an unsinkable spirit and determination among us to help each other get through even the toughest times. That’s why we’re asking everyone in the Quad Cities to donate whatever they have, whatever they can, to help better prepare our heroic health care workers for the COVID-19 crisis by donating as much PPE as they can to the courageous people at Genesis.”

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