MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System put out a plea to area communities, asking for masks, gloves, eye protectors, respirators and gowns.
"As this global pandemic begins to see a rise in our communities, the number of community members who are seeking care at our facilities for symptoms related to COVID-19 is growing, and we believe this number will continue to increase dramatically in the days and weeks ahead," the hospital wrote on Facebook. "As such, there is an increased need for the personal protective equipment required to ensure the safety of our health care professionals and allow them to provide extraordinary care to our patients".
The community responded.
Within 24 hours of receiving the request, Suburban Shoes in Madison and Village Shoes delivered 150 pairs of shoes, specifically designed for healthcare professionals.
Pearly Whites, the multi-specialty family dentist in Berkeley Heights, also pitched in and donated masks to the hospital. In addition to donating to Morristown Medical Center, the family dentist also donated masks to local police departments and St. Barnabas Hospital.
Individuals are also donating what they have. Individual boxes of masks and vinyl gloves have been generously donated. Most recently a Morristown resident donated 300 N95 masks from his business.
Delbarton School and Montville High School both have organized drives to help. Delbarton's science department is donating all of its safety goggles and gloves to the hospital, while Montville Township High School donated 3,000 pairs of Nitrile gloves.
For more information or to arrange a donation of supplies, email COVIDDonations@atlantichealth.org
** Editor's note: TAPinto will keep updating those organizations, schools and businesses who are donating. If we did not mention you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can include you. Thanks to everyone who is donating to those on the front lines.