In a continuing effort to help fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Bea Alonzo has launched a new campaign that aims to raise funds and puchase bed sheets for hospitals and sleeping quarters of frontline workers.
Speaking on ANC, the actress said that her charity organization, I Am Hope, initiated the fundraiser, dubbed the Covers of Hope campaign, following reports of shortage for bed sheets in hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.
"We were told na meron na ring shortage for bed sheets. May hospitals sa karton sila natutulog. What we want to do is donate bed sheets para may matulugan sila. Sana eventually, pati beds na rin kung kaya ng budget," she said.
According to Bea, she and her team are already in talks with a designer who will turn the textile they had purchased into bed sheets.
However, "right now, our budget is really limited and ngayon finally, hihingi na kami ng tulong sa public. Alam naming nakakahiyang manghingi ng tulong kasi lahat tayo may personal na mga problema but if you have extra and you are interested to help, puwede ninyong bisitahin 'yung Facebook page ng I Am Hope organization, or you can visit out Instagram page, @iamhope_org," she added.
Prior to launching this new campaign, the organization has already donated medical supplies—personal protective equipment, alcohol, and vitamins—to different hospitals across metro Manila, and has sent out relief goods to various barangays and orphanages in the city.
"It can be frustrating at times, but it's also very fulfilling," she said of their work.
"Ngayon ko naramdaman 'yung sense of community ng mga Pilipino, 'yung bayanihan. Right now, our world needs more kindness. Gusto ko rin sabihin na sana magkaroon din tayo ng compassion," she added.
Bea also said the current situation has made her think about the most important things in life.
"Right now, hindi talaga nagma-matter 'yung pera, your fame, material things. What really matters now is how you love humanity and you help each other out.
"Ang hirap kasi sabihin sa ngayon dahil napapanood ko sa news na maraming nagugutom, maraming nahihirapan. Pero siguro, kung gagamitin natin itong oras na ito to reflect on the things that we want to do in life, on the meaning and the purpose that we are supposed to be serving, siguro mas mapapadali," she added.
The Philippines as of Tuesday afternoon, April 14, has recorded 5,223 COVID-19 cases. Among this number, 335 died while 295 recovered.