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United Center, Team Rubicon to host PPE drive to aid COVID-19 relief

United Center, Team Rubicon to host PPE drive to aid COVID-19 relief

On Monday, the United Center announced it will host a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) drive in tandem with Team Rubicon — a veteran service organization that specializes in disaster response — beginning April 13.

The donation window will be open every day through April 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lot H of the United Center (16 South Wood St.). According to a release, Team Rubicon will disseminate and distribute supplies based on priority to "vulnerable populations and essential work staff."

Below, find a map to the drop-off point and a list of requested supplies:

The United Center has proclaimed itself a "logistics hub" for the use of first responders, healthcare professionals and other aid organizations as the city of Chicago collectively responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 29, the United Center and Project C.U.R.E. hosted a separate PPE drive to crowdsource and distribute healthcare supplies to the appropriate professionals.

RELATED: United Center assisting the Greater Chicago Food Depository as logistics hub

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United Center assisting the Greater Chicago Food Depository as logistics hub

United Center assisting the Greater Chicago Food Depository as logistics hub

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a large effect on lives worldwide and here in Chicago, as elsewhere in the US, the financial toll has been tough for many to bear. The Greater Chicago Food Depository has been one of the main sources of aid for many Chicagoans in these tough times but they have dealt with restrictions due to the coronavirus that has made things tougher for them to operate.

Due to social distancing guidelines, there is less space for the workers to make the "grab-and-go" bags that are the most convenient ways to serve people at this time.

The United Center stepped up big-time in allowing The Greater Chicago Food Depository to use their space for their workers and to store a large amount—774,840 pounds to be exact—of food.

Greater Chicago Food Depository senior manager Greg Trotter said in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times, "There’s still going to be a long tail on this crisis...Our neighbors are going to need our help for a long time. We’re bracing for that reality.”

 

The 20,917-seat United Center looks much different than it would have things been on schedule, as the Bulls would have been taking on the Brooklyn Nets at the UC on April 11. But in this new reality, the United Center is instead finding a great use as a central hub for The Greater Chicago Food Depository. 

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United Center to act as storage facility for Greater Chicago Food Depository

United Center to act as storage facility for Greater Chicago Food Depository

Earlier in March, the United Center announced it would transform itself into a logistics hub to aid in response and relief measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday morning, it announced an actionable development in that effort. Moving forward, the UC will act as a satellite storage facility for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

"By alleviating space in the food bank’s warehouse, the Food Depository can bring additional volunteers into their facility to build more family food boxes in an environment that adheres to social distancing protocols," a statement reads. "These boxes will continue to be distributed to those in need by the Food Depository’s partner network throughout Chicago and Cook County."

On Sunday, March 29, the United Center also hosted a Personal Protective Equipment drive to crowdsource and distribute healthcare supplies to local providers. 

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