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Kishwaukee College donates to front lines, area agencies to fight COVID-19 pandemic

Kishwaukee College makes multiple donations to local organizations to assist those in need and those on the frontlines during COVID-19. Kelly Kempson (left) and Diana Johnson accept a food donation on behalf of HOPE of Ogle Country from Kishwaukee College.
Kishwaukee College makes multiple donations to local organizations to assist those in need and those on the frontlines during COVID-19. Kelly Kempson (left) and Diana Johnson accept a food donation on behalf of HOPE of Ogle Country from Kishwaukee College.

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Kishwaukee College donated supplies to half a dozen local organizations in support of those in need and those on the frontlines the during COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release, multiple healthcare facilities, a food pantry and a domestic violence organization all received donations from the college in late March following the college’s decision to go fully remote.

“We are grateful to be able to help our community in such a time of need,” said Angie Delmont, Kish’s director of nursing. “Many of our students and clinical adjuncts are working in these facilities right now. It’s important that we contribute and assist as we can.”

The college’s automotive, basic nursing assisting, dental assistant, nursing, phlebotomy and vet assistant programs along with the biology and chemistry departments pooled resources together to give.

Supplies donated included over 50 goggles, 14 cases of isolation gowns, approximately 230 boxes of gloves, 43 boxes of face masks including single-use and N95 respirator masks and over 150 bottles of individual-sized hand sanitizers. Donations were made to Bethany Health Care Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Center for Family Health, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Rochelle Hospital.

Food from the college’s food pantry, Kody’s Cupboard, and the Kish Café was given to HOPE of Ogle County, a domestic violence agency. Perishable items from the café were donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in DeKalb.

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