Some of life’s most trying times bring about some of humanity’s brightest moments. The COVID-19 outbreak has dominated news worldwide for weeks. But inspirational stories of perseverance, philanthropy and humanity are now emerging. In Wuhan, China—epicenter of the outbreak—the healthcare system was overwhelmed. And to treat the growing number of patients, the Chinese government issued a seemingly impossible order to local construction companies: Build two new hospitals in less than two weeks.
John Deere dealer Hubei Yandi Machinery and customer Wuhan Shengshi Hongyu Construction Engineering Company immediately sent two E210 excavators and 30 employees to the construction site. They were given just 36 hours to complete earthwork and ground leveling. Workers got the job done six hours early through the collaborative efforts of multiple construction companies working together. Huoshenshan hospital was built in 10 days. Leishenshan hospital was finished one day later. Both medical centers were fully operational in early February.
John Deere China employees played a critical role in relief efforts. Their donations enabled the dealer to buy necessities such as cartons of mineral water, instant noodles, and 10,000 masks for staff working at the two hospitals. The good deeds warmed the hearts of construction workers toiling in bitterly cold winter weather.
“Our hearts were full when these items were delivered by Deere,” said Hu Yangjie, general manager of Wuhan Shengshi Hongyu Construction Engineering Company. “It means quite a lot during this difficult time when our city is under lockdown.”
Humanity emerged victorious because everyone worked toward the same cause.
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