Press Release 4/28/2020 – Community PPE Drive

Last week’s successful PPE drive in Alamosa was organized by Alamosa Economic Development Director Kathy Woods and Alamosa County Chamber Director Erin Keck, who partnered with Michelle Gay, Director of Compliance at SLV Health to host the drive.  The idea was brought forth by State Representative Donald Valdez, who helped receive goods for much of the day.

Scores of people arrived with PPE and anything else they thought might be helpful. They were all sincere in their desire to help those on the front lines to be safe and have what they needed to fight the good fight.

“The San Luis Valley and Alamosa are resilient and strong.  Coming out to help is a good example of this community standing strong.  SLV Health’s motto, “Serving our Neighbors, Family and Friends” has never been more apparent than during this critical time and the community certainly came out to help return the favor!” said Woods.

Items collected:

  • 50+ boxes of gloves
  • 2 boxes 1-ounce hand sanitizer (48)
  • Safety glasses (25)
  • 3 boxes of biohazard bags
  • 2 rolls of biohazard bags
  • Cloth reusable masks (75)
  • 4 bags of gym wipes
  • 4 Clorox Disinfecting Wipe containers
  • 40 gowns
  • 30+ N95 masks
  • Plus many more items

Thanks to the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office for the use of their Critical Incident Command Center RV and to Sheriff Jackson for staying to help. Undersheriff Shawn Woods arranged vehicle use and transportation. Thanks to Dennis Shiosita for donating a banner on very short notice. Michelle Gay was amazing, helping to coordinate the event then staying throughout the drive to help on a furlough day.

If you have PPE you would like to donate, please contact Michelle Gay at SLV Health at (719) 589-2511.

(L-R) Robert Jackson, Erin Keck, Kathy Woods, Shawn Woods

(L-R) Donald Valdez, Erin Keck, Kathy Woods and Michelle Gay



The City of Alamosa is a multicultural community of 9,000+ centrally located in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado. The City was incorporated in 1878 and is the gateway to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve where more than 525,000 visitors enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty each year. For more information, visit us at

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