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Relay of love, support across Pacific for combating coronavirus

(Xinhua)    15:58, February 26, 2020

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- "Uncle Josh, would you use my pocket money to buy a few masks for my orphanage kids?" asked 7-year-old Elizabeth, with 40 U.S. dollars in her small hand.

Elizabeth, who now lives in Denver, capital of the U.S. state of Colorado, was adopted by her current parents from an orphanage in central China's Hubei province five years ago.

Wuhan, capital city of Hubei and epicenter of the epidemic, "has been gripping our heart and attention", said Josh Zhong, chief of the CCAI, a Chinese children adoption international service based in Denver.

Hundreds of adoptive families across the United States have jumped into the Masks for Orphans fundraising project launched by the CCAI right after Wuhan was locked down in late January, said Zhong.

"The response is simply overwhelmingly touching," he said.

The project has so far donated more than 20,000 masks for children, together with thousands of pairs of medical gloves, disinfection wipes, protection gear and goggles, to over 50 orphanages in Hubei and some other areas in China, Zhong added.

Across more than 1000 miles to the west coast on Valentine's Day, a group of volunteers living in Los Angeles saw a flight carrying 30 boxes of donated N95 surgical masks off to Shanghai, where the donation was then transferred to hospitals in Hubei.

"This is our third batch of donation organized at a full speed to save lives. We think they are most beautiful Valentine's Day gifts," said Feng Wang, a leading volunteer in the group.

"In cooperation with Vizion Logistics, Polar Air Cargo transported critical medical supplies donated by U.S.-based alumni of Peking University to where they are needed most: China," the aviation company said on social networking platform LinkedIn on Sunday, using the hashtag "StayStrongWuhan."

"We move time-sensitive shipments all the time, but nothing is more time-critical than goods that can save people's lives," said Polar Air Cargo. "We're proud to do our small part to help people in need."

From Salt Lake City in Utah to Wuhan's sister city Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, from Boston and New York along the northeastern coast to Miami in southeastern state of Florida, the relay of love and support continues day and night across the United States and the Pacific.

"Working to help fight and defeat COVID-19 is going to be our foundation's top priority for as long as it's necessary and as long as we can add value in helping China cope with this public health crisis," said David Firestein, president and chief executive officer of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations, on LinkedIn earlier this month.

"There is a Chinese saying: 'feng yu tong zhou' -- 'wind and rain, we all are in the same boat'. This is exactly how we see the present crisis: We are all in this together," said Firestein.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Web editor: Zhao Tong, Liang Jun)

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