NEW PROVIDENCE NJ - To combat what can be a cumbersome process of donating to charities, a group of UCLA students -- including New Providence Class of 2019 graduate and current UCLA freshman Kareena Kullar -- created Charipay, an app that streamlines the process by quickly connecting users to more than 40 charities.

Due to the recent pandemic, the startup has shifted all resources to focus on providing PPE to hospitals in need. Donors can make contributions through both the Charipay app and by visiting charipaycovid.com. All donations go to partner hospitals -- UCLA Health, Missions Hospitals at St. Joe’s Health, Long Beach Memorial Care, and The Queen’s Medical Center. 

Charipay is currently in communication with manufacturers in China as well as the Los Angeles area to expedite the delivery of PPE to hospitals. The organization has already received its first shipment of over 1,200 face shields and 1,000 masks. 

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As they continue their heroic, frontline efforts to battle the virus, healthcare workers are still in desperate need of protective wear. In a survey of over 20,000 nurses, 87% reported that they still have no choice but to reuse their single-use N95 respirators and masks.

“It’s ensuring that we have enough PPE not just today, but two months down the road, four months down the road, a year from now,” said Graham Tse, the chief medical officer at MemorialCare Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach.