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Donations help communities through crisis

SHANGHAI Daily, together with four multinational companies and one state-owned enterprise, has donated supplies to an economic and technological development zone management committee and 11 communities with a large expat population around the city to support their efforts in controlling and preventing the coronavirus pandemic.

The donations include 1,200 face masks worth 12,000 yuan (US$1,692) provided by Shanghai Daily. There were also 2,000 boxes of milk from Bright Dairy, worth 105,600 yuan, and 240 boxes of bottled water, worth 14,000 yuan, from Shanghai Shenmei Beverage and Food Co Ltd. L’Oreal contributed 5,000 boxes of face masks of its expert skincare brand MG, with a total value of 250,000 yuan. Unilever’s Vaseline offered 300,000 yuan of lipsticks, lip gloss, hand cream, body lotion and healing jelly. Ten hotels in Shanghai under Marriott International spanning nine brands — JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Renaissance Hotels, Le Meridien, Four Points, Courtyard Hotels and Tribute Portfolio — donated 1,000 sets of hotel bath amenities, worth 50,000 yuan.

The supplies will be given out to residents quarantined at home and people who have been working on the front line to prevent spread of the virus at 12 neighborhoods. They are Zhoujiaqiao, Hongqiao and Xinhua Road subdistricts and Xinjing Town in Changning District; Guangfulin Subdistrict in Songjiang District; Huacao Town in Minhang District; Jinqiao Town and Weifang Subdistrict in the Pudong New Area; Zhenru Town in Putuo District; Xujiahui Subdistrict in Xuhui District; and Huaihai Road M. and Waitan, or the Bund, subdistricts, in Huangpu District.

Fighting COVID-19 together

Some supplies arrived at the Biyun Community in Jinqiao Town in the Pudong New Area on Friday.

“We are so grateful because the carefully prepared items are badly needed here,” said Li Danjie, Party secretary of the community. “I would like to extend my thanks to all the enterprises that have provided generous support to us to make our community a loving and safe place.”

Li said the community committee had been working round the clock since Chinese New Year’s Eve, which should have been a day for people to take a break from work and enjoy time with their families. “Half of our residents are foreigners who left Shanghai for a holiday around Christmas, and we have to contact them to learn about their plans of returning, inform them of the latest prevention policies in Shanghai, remind them to prepare for quarantine after their return and be of service to them when they stay at home for quarantine,” she said.

As the city took more serious measures, the community set up a team of 36 members to pick up foreign residents from airports or observation sites day and night.

“On a peak day we received 58 people returning from overseas,” said Li. “But now, as international flights have been reduced and most passengers are quarantined at designated hotels, we see two or three, who are not suitable for quarantine at hotels, return to the community each day. There are still more than 100 families in quarantine at home here now.”

Li said they had faced challenges in informing expats about the latest policies and prevention measures in detail. Later, the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office began to translate all government notices, prevention guidelines and other information into several foreign languages, making it easier for them to explain the situation to foreigners. But she said many expats had also approached them with more personal questions and they would like more help in making expats aware of the situation and protection measures.

Shanghai Daily will donate copies of its daily newspaper to the communities and ensure local residents are updated with the latest information.

Raffaella Alberio, an Italian resident in the community, recently completed a 14-day home quarantine with her husband and their two children.

Having lived in Shanghai for two years, the family left for Italy in February as it was considered a safe place at that time. They returned to Shanghai on March 5 and immediately began two weeks of quarantine. They were asked to report their temperatures twice a day and leave the garbage at their door for collection.

“It was quite good. I felt very comfortable because it was at my place. We were at home, the four of us. We were enjoying our family time,” she said.

Alberio ordered food online and the guards would deliver it to their doorstep on a daily basis.

“I think quarantine is a very good measure for the safety of everybody including ourselves,” she said, “because if you have the virus and you don’t know, it is better for everybody to stay at home for a while.”

Donations of milk are given to Biyun Community residents.

David Volante, an American, has been living with his family in Shanghai for two years and has been helping other foreigners settle into the community. Recently, he made some videos to share what China has done in fighting the virus and also made sandwiches for community workers.

“I like to cook and I have the resources,” he said. “I want to give back in a way to help the community. Our workers work so hard, it doesn’t matter whether volunteers or government workers, everyone is doing their part. So I want to do my part to help them as well, trying to encourage them to keep going.”

He added: “I greatly appreciate the donations given to us today. In these tough times, even the smallest kindness is highly appreciated.”


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