Here's How to Donate Bikes, Meals + More to Medical Frontliners

They need all the help they can get.

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(SPOT.ph) We are officially in day god-knows-what of the ongoing COVID-19  pandemic. As the battle continues, our medical frontliners have remained unwavering in their efforts. You might recall in the first few months of quarantine how there was a huge outpouring of help for healthcare workers, and they still need all the help they could get. Aside from doing your part in following the  health and safety guidelines, there are several ways you can help those in the frontlines. We round up a couple places and groups you can donate to.

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Lend a helping hand to our frontliners through these donation drives:

Life Cycles PH

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This online community has been around since March—right when the quarantine began—and was formed with the goal of helping out frontliners. Mobility is a huge issue for medical workers amid the few options for public transport, and this is where Life Cycles PH comes in. Their main objective is to give bikes to all types of essential workers but they have also organized online bazaars to raise funds for them as well. There is no set amount, though the group notes that a bike is around P5,000. You can donate through their online form.

Lend A Bike Project

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Another way you can help frontliners get to their workplaces is through the Lend a Bike community. This page pairs up a frontliner in need of a bicycle with someone willing to lend theirs. In August, they also included the option to donate bikes. If you’d like to donate or lend a bike—or help out in some other way—you can send a message to thecyclelogist@gmail.com or contact them through their Facebook page.

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Heaven’s Touch

This already popular carinderia in Sampaloc, Manila, was one of the first food establishments to shift to feeding our frontliners—and they’ve stuck with it since then, gaining even more popularity for their selfless efforts. Heaven’s Touch even landed on Angel Locsin’s online show Iba Yan in August. They have donated more than 6,500 food packs to essential workers and those in need as of their latest count on September 12. You can contact them to offer monetary or in-kind aid through their Facebook page.

Angkas

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Before they started offering free rides to healthcare workers, the motorcycle-taxi service set up multiple ways you can donate to different sectors in April. For medical frontliners, you can coordinate with an Angkas rider and have them deliver whatever in-kind goods—food and protective equipment, to be specific—you would like to donate.

Frontliners’ Kitchen

One surefire way to help out a tired medical worker on a long shift is to give them good fuel, a.k.a. a proper meal. Frontliners’ Kitchen is an initiative started by a group of students with the goal of helping frontliners in the Philippine General Hospital, Toledo City General Hospital, and the Lung Center of the Philippines. You can donate cash or in-kind items such as medical protective equipment and ingredients for meals to this initiative. You can even turn your birthday celebration into a donation drive!

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Hilom PH

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This initiative aims to provide personal protective equipment for medical frontliners. They recently completed a donation drive and were able to provide folks at the Quezon City General Hospital with 100 protective suits as well as donate food packs to their partner community in Payatas, Quezon City. You can keep watch for another drive on their Facebook page and reach out to them for other ways you can help.

Woman In Action

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Athlete and TV presenter Gretchen Ho has been making headlines for her efforts to provide bikes to frontliners. When Ho first posted that she was giving away 50 bikes, she was flooded with 10,000 applicants hoping to get one. So if you have a spare bike sitting in your garage, you can contact the athlete through her social media pages or through gretchen@womaninaction.ph and donate in-kind or in cash.

Philippine General Hospital

As one of Metro Manila’s COVID-19 centers, you can be sure this state hospital would appreciate all the help they can get. You can donate bicycles directly to the Philippine General Hospital. Plus, take note of their helmet and lights preferences; any way to keep our medical workers safe is a definite must-do.

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Bisiklima’s Sulong Gulong

Bisiklima is an initiative that pushes for more eco-friendly means of transport—which is why it makes sense that they have also started their own drive to provide frontliners with bikes. Sulong Gulong aims to give 50 medical and other essential workers a bike, helmet, and chain lock by the end of November. Monetary donations can be made through their form until November 27!

UP Political Society’s Kapit-Bisig

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Students over at the University of the Philippines Political Society have started an initiative to help provide healthcare workers in Gen. Nakar, Quezon, and over 200 Dumagat families with personal protective equipment and other essential supplies. They are hoping to collect P42,000 for their goal. Monetary donations can be made through bank deposits or online portals.

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