Irvine Teen Creates COVID-19 Donation Clearinghouse Website
Monday, April 13, 2020
Like a lot of seniors in Irvine high schools, Jackie Ni should be looking forward to prom and graduation right now, but because of stay-in-place orders, that's not happening. Instead, he's using his time for homeschooling and combating COVID-19, “one crate at a time.”
In just a few short weeks, the Sage Hill High School senior has developed a website, supplycrate.org, that offers a transparent and efficient way for individuals and organizations to make medical supply donations.
So far, through his website, more than 136,000 masks, from medical-grade N95's to fabric face coverings, have been collected.
While there are websites that match donors with medical facilities, Ni’s site also provides real-time updates on supply and demand based on COVID-19 cases area-by-area, using a mapping system. Donors can see where there are higher concentrations of coronavirus cases and strategically send donations to those harder hit areas.
Donors can also track their donations. Ni’s own family recently sent out thousands of surgical masks to medical facilities in neighboring states. To confirm that that their donation safely arrived in the right place, they were able to utilize the website’s QR code feature to transparently make and track their donation.
The website, which went live April 1, has already collected more than 140,000 supply units for more than 50 institutions in five states.
Visit supplycrate.org to make a donation.
Ni shows off his website and how it works to FOX 11. Watch the video.
Source: Fox 11 New
Category: Community News, COVID-19, Healthcare