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Bethenny Frankel helping supply aid for COVID-19 workers

Posted at 9:09 AM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 12:09:26-04

We know her from ABC's Shark Tank, The Real Housewives of New York City, and her best-selling books and business empire.

And now, TV star Bethenny Frankel is opening up about the humanitarian work she has poured her heart into for the last few years.

Her initiative, BStrong, has helped people recover from hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires -- and now, pandemics.

"It's kind of an all-hands-on-deck approach," Frankel explains. "This is different because it's global instead of it just being one concentrated area, which is challenging enough. Everyone is fighting for the same aid."

And that aid isn't always ready to ship out. In fact, Frankel explains it requires a great deal of detective work to sniff out what's legit.

"It's like an Easter-egg hunt. It's crazy. You're kind of like a machete going through a jungle, trying to figure out what's real and what's not real to get the PPE to doctors and nurses."

It's not always an easy job, but Frankel explains, it's always worth it.

"There's a type of person who gets involved in a disaster relief and it's someone who has a strong stomach, who is organized, who can sort of run and gun it, pop up and start the minute you get started. You're figuring out how to fly the plane while building it."

Since the pandemic first began, BStrong has sent nearly $17,000,000 in PPE to healthcare workers and first responders. BStrong even helped get Arizona $500,000 for PPE through the Verstandig Family Foundation.