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Malvern Preparatory School in Chester County donated boxes of much-sought personnel protective equipment, known as PPE, including N95 respirator masks. Volunteers gathered supplies from the school's art and science departments and the nurse’s office and donated them to the Malvern Police Department.
The supplies were shared with other first responders and Paoli Hospital.
“It is an opportunity for us to give back to a community that is giving so much of their time and talents,” said Dr. Jim Fry, director of student life at Malvern Prep, “a time away from their families, but also to help people who are literally on the frontlines of this global pandemic.”
Bob Burkholder, senior vice president of supply chain management at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, said they’re looking for unopened, unexpired items.
“Looking for N95 respirator masks — we can take medical-grade or industrial-grade,” he said. “Need to be (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) approved. Surgical-grade earloop face masks or tieback masks; masks with face shields — we are really in short supply today.”