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BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 28: Medical staff collect patient information on iPads at a drive through COVID-19 testing center at Vibhavadi Hospital on March 28, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Vibhavadi Hospital opened the first drive through testing facility in Thailand, allowing 150-200 nasal passage tests to be taken from a safe distance per day without potential coronvirus cases entering the hospital. Thailand has a total of 1,245 confirmed COVID-19 cases and has entered a state of emergency in order to take stronger measures against the spread of the virus. (Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

One of the most difficult things about coronavirus is being separated from loved ones during such a difficult time. COVID patients often end up isolated as hospitals take precautions to protect patients and staff from the spread of this disease. Family member are no longer allowed to visit their sick loved ones. That’s why grassroots nonprofit COVID Tech Connect is asking tech manufactures to donate WiFi-enabled devices for hospital patients to video chat with loved ones while undergoing medical treatment. The goal is to collect 20,000 donated devices.

CTC came about after Sara Rodell, CEO of technology logistics company Loop and Tie, heard that people in the New York Nurse’s union were trying to collect donations of smart devices so family members could stay in touch with loved ones in the hospital. She was so touched by the thought. She reached out to a team of female executives in the industry to help make sure the nurse’s union got what they were looking for. Rodell organized the infrastructure of her own company to help receive donations, distribute orders, and manage shipping and handling. As of now, over 3,000 devices are committed and conversations are underway to get to the goal is 20,000.

A GoFundMe campaign was launched about ten days ago and has already raised over $100,000. So far this grassroots movement has made a real difference in people’s lives. It was given some individuals an opportunity to share a final goodbye to loved ones. If you are looking to donate money or devices to COVID Tech Connect, click here.