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Lubbock business donates gear to Plainview hospital

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Staff at Covenant Health Plainview show off their new gear Staff at Covenant Health Plainview show off their new gear

"I just know how selfless these people are, and the fact that they're facing sickness and death, every day just to help people out, it really impacts me a lot," Lubbock Welding Supply owner Todd Ratheal said. 

"We're staying safe, the patients are staying safe, it's just a better outcome overall," anesthetist at Covenant Health Plainview Matthew Johnson said.

Last Saturday, Todd Ratheal got a strange request.

Danette Howell, a manager at Covenant Health in Plainview, and her husband, were looking to fill the gap created by a PPE shortage.

Ratheal's business traditionally sells head gear & face shields for welders.

They struck a deal.

"They asked how much they were, and they were coming from Plainview so I had some time to think about it," Ratheal said.

By the time they got to Lubbock, he decided to give the supplies free of charge.

38 pieces of head gear, and 14 face shields in total, everything he had in stock.

 "They were trying to take care of a lot of people, and it was such a valiant effort, that I couldn't help but pitch in."

"These masks that we have now are lifesavers," Johnson said. "The equipment that we have is mostly disposable, we're running short on supplies, this product itself is mostly re-usable, it can be sanitized," he said.

Ratheal's donation is significant because his business, like many others in our area, has already taken a hit in the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

"As of right now we're just treading water and seeing where everything goes. we're keeping a full staff and trying to keep things, basically, as normal as possible," Ratheal said.

The hospital was able to get more 3-D printed shields, thanks to a donation from Wayland Baptist university professor, Scott Franklin.

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