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Alumnus Donates Medical Supplies to Support Lehigh Valley Community During Coronavirus

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on April 6, 2020

Whitehall pharmacy hand sanitizerRikin Patel PharmD’12, the owner of Whitehall Pharmacy, wants to make sure his community is safe during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Inherently as a community pharmacist, when the outbreak began, he thought of his community in the Lehigh Valley. 

“I decided to make hand sanitizer at our pharmacy and we gave it away for free,” said Dr. Patel. “People desperately needed it.”

Dr. Patel said after receiving positive feedback, he wanted to help supply other things like masks and gloves to the community. In days he started a GoFundMe page seeking funding either to donate protective materials to area medical professionals or for community members to buy them from him at cost. 

“We buy masks by the thousands and we don’t want anyone suffering because they can’t purchase them,” said Dr. Patel, who noted that many places are selling masks and hand sanitizers at a large profit taking advantage of people during times like these. “I want to make sure that everyone is equipped.”

In his message to donors on his GoFundMe page, Dr. Patel said he took it upon himself to purchase approximately $38,000 worth of masks but is seeking donations to help fund this expense. 

“For the longest time, we have relied on healthcare professionals to save our lives and now they need our help,” he wrote. “Please donate whatever you can so we can help distribute these masks to them.”

“I cannot do this by myself and would appreciate everyone’s help and cooperation,” wrote Dr. Patel. “We will get through this together.”

Dr. Patel said he’s always been community minded and had a passion for service, so it was natural for him to think of his community first and come up with a solution to help them through this crisis. 

For more information or to help support Whitehall Pharmacy’s fundraiser visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lehigh-valley-coronavirus-ppe-fund

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