Teen donates Apple devices to hospitals so patients can video chat family

RHODE ISLAND (WLNE) – A 19-year-old has joined the fight against the coronavirus.

College freshman Kaya Suner founded the non-profit Covid Connectors. His organization collects used smart phones and tablets to donate to hospitals in Rhode Island.

Suner hopes patients can use the devices to video chat with their loved ones, since visiting hours have been suspended due to the pandemic.

“These patients are dying without an opportunity to say goodbye,” said Suner.

So far, the non-profit has collected 50 devices and counting.

“They are expensive devices and you could save it and sell it on eBay. But it’s for a good cause,” said Suner.

Suner plans on donating the devices equally to all hospitals in Rhode Island. Healthcare workers on the frontlines are extremely grateful for the donations.

“Not everyone has access to this technology, so we want to make sure those who don’t can still talk to their loved ones,” said Rory Merritt, an emergency physician at Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital.

If you would like to donate, head to covidconnectors.org for instructions on how to do so.

Categories: Coronavirus, Rhode Island