MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Store owner Kate Nguyen of Signature Nails and Beauty in Monroe decided to lend a helping hand to healthcare workers at the frontline of the fight against coronavirus by donating all of her inventory on Monday.
Store owner Kate Nguyen of Signature Nails and Beauty in Monroe decided to lend a helping hand to healthcare workers at the frontline of the fight against coronavirus by donating all of her inventory on Monday.
Nguyen closed her store March 20, just days before Governor John Bel Edwards’ “Stay at Home” order placed limitations on all personal care and grooming businesses. Although she said this has been difficult, she felt this was a good time to give back by donating all of the store’s masks and gloves.
“People’s lives could be taken away, any minute, any day. What’s the point of sitting on piles of inventory when you know people are dying, people are being infected?” said Nguyen.
She said it all started with a Facebook post, and the response from people in need of supplies was overwhelming. But the main priority was making sure facilities directly dealing with coronavirus patients and testing were covered. Some of these included Affinity
Health, Glenwood, and St. Francis Medical Center.
She said she is unsure about what the near future brings, but remains optimistic.
“I encourage people to donate, to help out, and just pray about it,” said Nguyen.
St. Francis Medical Center said hospitals are in need of personal protective equipment such as gloves, isolation gowns, hand sanitizer, and rubbing alcohol. Most importantly, there is a desperate need for N95 masks. They are currently accepting donations.
“We appreciate all of the support from our community and those we serve throughout the region and we thank everyone for your patience and understanding during this difficult time,” said Aimee Kane, VP of Business Development & Strategic Planning, St. Francis Medical Center.
If you want to donate supplies or would like to make masks for the St. Francis Foundation, call (318)-966-7833 and ask for Aimee Kane.