Actor Gary Sinise is using his foundation to launch a new initiative to help those on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The “Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service” will help supply the first responders and healthcare professionals what they need to continue their fight.
“With the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the nation, the Gary Sinise Foundation has launched a dedicated campaign called, Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service, which addresses the needs and priorities of those it is entrusted by the American people to serve and honor, with the addition of healthcare professionals,” the foundation said in a statement posted to their website.
“During this public health crisis, Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service will be the gateway for providing grants to first responders in need of personal protective equipment when answering COVID-19 service calls,” the statement continued. “Financial assistance is also available to healthcare professionals, service members, veterans, first responders, and their families who have been impacted by the novel coronavirus.”
The Daily Wire reports the initiative is already making a positive impact.
“Since launching just a few weeks ago, the campaign has provided over 4,700 pieces of personal protective equipment, assisted nearly 50 first responder departments and provided over $200,000 in total grants to those on the front lines of the effort to combat COVID-19,” the Daily Wire reports.
Sinise uploaded a video announcing the initiative where he said he hopes to continue doing what he can to help those in need.
“Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted,” Sinise said in the video, per the Daily Wire. “We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security. While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.”
As the Daily Wire reports, Sinise started the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011 and regularly uses its resources to honor “our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need” by “creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.”
The report adds:
Below are some of the contributions the popular actor’s foundation has made to the nation’s defenders over the years:
61 specially adapted smart homes complete for severely wounded veterans
197,313+ meals served to the nation’s defenders
102,400+ people have attended the organization’s Invincible Spirit Festivals since 2012
233 emergency relief grants awarded to police, firefighters, and EMTs
445 essential pieces of equipment donated to first responders
1,135 first responder training grants
20 homes modified for defenders
16 adapted vehicles
17 mobility devices for veterans
5,250+ children of fallen military heroes and their surviving parent or guardian have joined the organization’s Snowball Express since 2018
488+ support concerts since 2003 in which Gary has performed, of which 273 were performed since the Gary Sinise Foundation began