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College students from Hudson Valley use free time to construct PPE

A group of college students decided their lockdown days would be used for more than online classes - to make PPE for those in need.

News 12 Staff

Aug 18, 2020, 9:08 PM

Updated 1,372 days ago

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A group of college students decided their lockdown days would be used for more than online classes - to make PPE for those in need.
PPE4NYC founder Krishna Koka says the group never asks questions, saying in part, “We give PPE to people who need it. Anyone who asks is getting some.”
Koka, a sophomore at the University of Michigan, founded the group with a hometown friend, Emma Magliato.
“I was really passionate about making sure that we do this work in a really equitable manner, and reach the populations that are in the most need right now,” says Magliato.
Koka was inspired to start this project because of his mom who is a local gastroenterologist. She was one of the first who received a face shield for free.
 Magliato’s desire to assist in the project was to help those who need the protection most.
Due to the success of their business, the duo is looking to change its name to ‘PPE4ALL’ and have moved into a building in Poughkeepsie.
As of yet, Koka and Magliato have acquired more than 10,000 masks protecting civilians from coast to coast.
“Recently we’ve been communicating with the Navajo Nation down in Arizona, and The Wind River Reserve up in Wyoming,” says Koka.
Since March, the two students, as well as countless others, like the volunteers News 12 cameras saw in action, Amanda Tyyrell and Ryan Holman, have been making a huge difference in their community and nationwide with their free, easy-to-clean face shields.


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