Thousands have supported the Black Lives Matter movement across the globe. The response has been wide, welcoming, and truly wonderful. But unfortunately, many of us in the disabled community have had difficulties supporting the Movement. Many of us have compromised immune-systems and cannot risk the exposure to COVID-19 that comes with attending protests. A very large percentage of the community are fiscally strained and cannot help financially. We have been calling and emailing every politician we can but it’s not enough. We CAN do more.
My husband, a couple of protest veteran friends, and myself brainstormed and came up with an idea. Create small, individual, discreet, first aid kits that can be sent to organizations supporting the Movement. These organizations can then disperse the kits to individuals, either ahead of time or at a protest. The idea is that these little kits would be floating around protests and would hopefully help ANYONE who may be injured.
Each kit includes:
- A sheet of basic first aid instructions (including CPR & what to do if sprayed by chemical agents, i.e. tear gas)
- 5 heavy duty, “cloth” paper towels
- 10 baby wipes (which help to neutralize chemical agents)
- 1 small roll of gauze
- 1 small roll of coband/vet wrap
- 2 - 2”x4” bandaids
- This all fits neatly into a gallon sized zip block bag (actually only takes up half the bag)
(Note: These packs were made to be discrete since police are beginning to target any sort of first aid efforts.)
I’ve personally sent off a number of kits but I’m only one person. But I see my chronically ill/disabled friends becoming more and more frustrated that they are unable to do anything to help fight this fight. I believe this is a small way that we can help.
The price to put together one kit obviously changes based on bulk pricing, area, etc. Personally, I have been able to buy just over $100 worth of materials which made 50 kits (with some materials left over) making each kit just under $2.00.