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Dillard, Deuce McAllister, Omni Group and DePaul Community Health Centers secure PPE donations

NEW ORLEANS — Dillard University’s Office of Community and Church Relations along with New Orleans Saints Hall of Famer Deuce McAllister, Omni Group and DePaul Community Health Center will be distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to non-profits doing community outreach in areas affected by Hurricane Ida. This non-profit distribution drive will take place on Dillard University’s Gentilly campus on October 5, 2021, at 1 p.m.

“I am excited to partner with Omni Group, Dillard University and DePaul Community Health Center to help those affected by Hurricane Ida,” McAllister shared in a statement. “Dillard has effectively given back to the community. The Omni Group and others are happy to be a part of this opportunity.”

“The importance of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic and now, flu season, is pivotal for members of the Gulf Coast community,” Nick Harris, director of Dillard University’s Office of Community and Church Relations noted. Omni Group is the exclusive distributor of the Germs Be Gone antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer brand, manufactured in North America. “We are proud to join with Dillard University in urgently distributing supplies including hospital gowns, gloves, masks, hand sanitizers and other PPE products for the greater New Orleans community,” Elie Markin, director of business development at Omni Group said. “Dillard University has a proven record of working directly with community centers and getting the help directly to the people that need it most.”

Dillard University Community and Church Relations (CCR) has been aggressively creating vaccine sites at local churches in New Orleans and distributing over 20,000 PPE such as face masks, hand sanitizer and  thermometers to help flatten the COVID-19 curve. Since its inception, the Office of Community and Church Relations has been at the forefront of rebuilding New Orleans. With the COVID-19 pandemic, CCR is committed to fight against health disparities in the African-American community and form partnerships with local food pantries to assist those who have been affected economically by the pandemic.

For more information, please contact Nick Harris (, director of Community and Church Relations.