Japanese retail company grants netizen's donation request for PPE material

Published April 8, 2020, 2:02 PM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Richa Noriega

Amid the country’s fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a netizen who asked for donations of raincoats, an alternative for personal protective equipment (PPEs), was fortunately granted by a Japanese retail chain.

Last April 1, Reese Sonsing-Fernando shared screenshots of her conversation with Daiso Japan PH, asking for donations of raincoats as an alternative for PPEs.

Fernando said as she was talking with her friends who are doctors, she felt helpless in the comfort of her home as she heard firsthand stories on how basic medical supplies are getting depleted due to the rising cases of COVID-19.

In order to help them, she tried to message those who might be able to donate raincoats, as an alternative for PPE. Fortunately, the Japanese retail company replied at her message.

“I wasn’t really expecting a reply, but I tried anyway — I reached out to Daiso, some other similar stores, and a celebrity who might be able to connect me with owners of the former,” Fernando said.

“So imagine my thrill when Daiso replied and confirmed a few days after that they will donate to PGH! And not only that, they added other hospitals to their list and handled the logistics and delivery as well,” she added.

Fernando expressed her gratitude for the company for the kindness and generosity it showed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The post went viral and garnered 43,000 likes and 17,000 shares, as of posting.

Several hospitals and health facilities have started calling for donations of PPE as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise.