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Boise company helps refill local PPE stockpile

A Boise-based medical supply company is donating tens of thousands of dollars worth of PPE to the Treasure Valley community.

Darcy and Kevin Lawhorn co-founded PureVita in 2018. The company features an online store where patients, providers or anyone in the healthcare spectrum can order and manage medical supplies. Lawhorn says the company has been growing steadily but really took off once the pandemic hit last year.

“We started supplying orders for Ada County and we also started supplying the Idaho Office of Emergency Management and fulfilling their large FEMA dollar orders,” Kevin Lawhorn said. “And then we also started doing the state of Idaho Administration Office, and their large orders for mass PPE, which then went to all the schools and various counties.”

Fast-forward to now, the demand for PPE has slowed but Lawhorn says he wants to make sure the community is well stocked with supplies should there be a future event. He is donating more than $65,000 in product.

“In total, there are about 40,000 N95 respirators that are name brand 3M, we have various level one, two and three disposable face masks, nine cases of hand sanitizer, gowns, and exam grade nitrile gloves to donate,” Lawhorn said.

Where the donation is going

The large donation is going to United Way of Treasure Valley. During the height of the pandemic in 2020, Relationship Manager at United Way of Treasure Valley Ed Schultz says Ada and Canyon counties asked the nonprofit to set up a PPE donation system because donations were piling up at area hospitals and the hospitals weren’t equipped to handle them.

[2020: Local United Way launches platform to help local hospitals accept medical supply donations]

“So the project worked out really well,” Schultz said. “Those items literally flew out to organizations that needed them. Some of these people were almost in tears when they got their free PPE donated products because it allowed them to open back up. They had no way to buy those things on the market and so it was a huge blessing for them economically, mentally and physically to be able to be safe.”

When Lawhorn approached Schultz about his donation, Shultz was more than happy to take the stockpile. 

“Kevin and Darcy are community rock stars,” Schultz said. “This is literally thousands and thousands of dollars of PPE that they could have sold and instead they chose to donate this to our community so that people can be safe and go about their business. So, I applaud them for doing this.”

Preparing now

Schultz also acknowledged that the need for PPE has somewhat dropped off in the recent months but agreed with Lawhorn that the community needs to be prepared.

“This fall, I mean hopefully we don’t, but if we do have a spike again this fall, or during the winter, we’ve got masks, we’ve got gloves, we’ve got gowns, and we’ve got hand sanitizer that we can then distribute out to the organizations that need it.”

Lawhorn says it feels good to know he is able to help support his community should there ever be a need.

“You know, COVID really brought to light what we all need and what we all value,” Lawhorn said. “And when any business now needs medical supplies, you know whether or not they use it, we just want to make sure the community has the tools in place to have it.”

Gretchen Parsons - BoiseDev managing editor
Gretchen Parsons is BoiseDev's managing editor. Contact her at [email protected].

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