MANASQUAN, NJ — Two organizations representing thousands of individuals on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis have joined forces to collect much-needed personal protective equipment for their members.

The State Troopers Fraternal Association (STFA) and the Health Care Professionals and Allied Employees (HCPAE) have established a donation drop-off center at STFA headquarters, 2634 Route 70 in Manasquan. They are encouraging the public and businesses —big and small — to contribute to the cause.

With the STFA representing more than 1,500 rank-and-file state troopers and the HCPAE some 14,000 nurses and health care professionals, the effort was spurred by the members’ collective need for PPE — both in maintaining public safety and in treating patients.

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“We realize that there are many entities also acting in the interest of our memberships in attempting to procure PPE. However, having direct contact and access to our members compels us … to unite in this increased effort to assist,” according to a press release.

All PPE collected will immediately go toward their members “so that they are aptly equipped to confront this pandemic,” it said.

The following items are in need:

  • N95 face masks
  • Latex gloves
  • Gowns
  • Face shields
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Hand sanitizers

Items can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To arrange for a pickup of donations, call 732-528-6388 or email info@stfa.org.

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