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West Virginia Chinese Association donates $10,000 for equipment

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Chinese Association has donated $10,000 to WVU Medicine for supplying medical personnel and people in need with protective materials.

The Morgantown-based non-profit aims to connect Chinese professionals and their families in West Virginia.

“In Morgantown, we have about 2,000 to 2,500 Chinese residents,” vice president Wanhong Zheng said. “We’ve been communicating with people in China for the last few months, and we knew personal protective equipment would be in demand.”

Zheng said with the contribution, professionals purchased 5,000 face masks, which are being distributed. The Bartlett House, which assists the homeless population, has received 500 masks as well as gloves and hand sanitizer.

“We know the Bartlett House very well, they have been helping a lot of people,” Zheng said. “If you ask me who needs these masks most, it’s people who are homeless and have nowhere to go.”

The West Virginia Chinese Association is also offering grocery shopping assistance as well as soliciting equipment donations from Chinese sources.

“We are glad we can stand together,” Zheng said. “If we can stand together, we can fight this deadly virus together and that’s very important.”

All monetary donations are being made through the WVU Foundation.

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