MCS Foundation, Burger King near $300,000 goal to provide PPE to health workers
Starts distribution as past of ‘Alliance for Our Healthcare Heroes’ initiative
SAN JUAN – As part of “The Alliance for Our Healthcare Heroes” campaign, MCS Foundation, the charitable arm of health insurer MCS, and restaurant chain Burger King Puerto Rico announced they are approaching their $300,000 goal, having already raised $285,000 through matching funds, to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers.
The campaign, which was developed in alliance with the Puerto Rico Hospital Association, expects to reach its goal of $300,000 by May 10 and intends to support 20,000 to 25,000 healthcare professionals.
On Friday, MCS began distributing PPE for health workers at Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital, Auxilio Mutuo Hospital, Bella Vista Hospital, Buen Samaritano Hospital, Damas Hospital, De la Concepción Hospital, Del Maestro Hospital, Centro Médico Episcopal Lucas Hospital, General Castañer Hospital, Menonita Aibonito, Caguas, Cayey, Guayama and Humacao Hospitals, Oncológico de Río Piedras Hospital, Ryder Memorial Hospital, and San Carlos Borromeo Hospital.
“We are very pleased that the Puerto Rico people have supported this initiative, and we’re so close to reaching the goal before the end of the campaign period. By looking at the results we have today, we’re confident we’ll exceed our goal. Providing the necessary PPE to our healthcare professionals during these times, will contribute to the safety of health care professionals in Puerto Rico,” said Elba Rivera Molina, executive director of the MCS Foundation.
People still have the opportunity to contribute by visiting Burger King via drive-thru or carryout. In exchange for a $1 donation, people receive an 8 oz. café latte or a soft serve cone. For each dollar collected, both Burger King and the MCS Foundation will each contribute an additional dollar.
“To support the community when they need us is a vital part of who we are,” Carlos J. Morell, president of Burger King said in a joint news release. “It gives us great satisfaction and pride to start delivering the protective equipment to the healthcare heroes who are on the front line. This is thanks to the commitment of our restaurant associates and the generosity of the people who have gone to our restaurants to make their donations – dollar by dollar. Although we’re not quite at the finish line, Burger King and the MCS Foundation are committed to tripling the donations.”
Jaime Plá-Cortés, executive director of the Puerto Rico Hospital Association, added his gratitude to the MCS Foundation and Burger King for their contribution. “This protective equipment will provide the safety our professionals need to continue caring for Puerto Rico’s patients in a safe manner.”
The MCS Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization created to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves through initiatives to promote health, education and economic development. All contributions are tax deductible for state and federal tax return purposes. The MCS Foundation donates the funds it receives to other tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.mcs-foundation.org.
Burger King® is Puerto Rico’s leading fast food restaurant, famous for serving delicious high-quality grilled 100% beef hamburgers and fresh ingredients. With 57 years on the island, Burger King® is committed to the needs of Puerto Rico’s people, and is constantly making efforts to help those who need it the most. For more information, go to burgerkingpr.com or www.facebook.com/burgerkingpr.
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