The Diabetes Foundation, based in Hackensack, announced on Thursday that the response to its offer of free Diabetes Backup Emergency Kits has been overwhelming.
The initial batch of kits will begin to ship early next week thanks to the Foundation along with local and regional partners.
“We appreciate that Gov. Murphy brought the needs of the diabetes population to light. The overwhelming response to these kits demonstrates that, despite this unprecedented health emergency, the needs of the community are abundant and urgent and we must provide critical advocacy, emergency medication, transportation and other support to people living with diabetes across New Jersey,” said Ginine Cilenti, executive director of the Diabetes Foundation.
The news comes in the wake of remarks by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy during his March 23 COVID-19 press conference.
“We extend our gratitude to the corporate partners that took leadership in this effort, and appeal to individuals and organizations across New Jersey to respond to the needs of this vulnerable population as they manage their diabetes during the current public health emergency,” said Cilenti.
The Diabetes Foundation is currently assembling three types of kits – a Type 2/Gestational Supply kit, an Insulin Administration Supply Kit, and a Type 1 Supply Kit. The kits will consist of a variety of items such as a glucose meter, test strips, a lancing device, ketone strips, lancets, alcohol swabs, glucotabs, juice boxes, snacks, and a diabetes backup emergency kit checklist. Kits will be mailed to participants’ homes via UPS.
“While we do not know how long the coronavirus pandemic will last, the forgotten epidemic of diabetes will continue unabated,” said Cilenti. “Even the smallest donation is never too small as we respond to the diabetes community during these unprecedented times. Whether it’s a small token donation or a larger gift, it will go a long way to help some of the most vulnerable New Jerseyans.”