EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Mr. Brian Zhang, the father of a Hammarskjold student, reached out to the East Brunswick Police Department looking to donate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE.) "We believe this was a truly generous offer from a child who was willing to utilize his own money and wanted to acknowledge him for his efforts," says an online posting from the EBPD today.

Zhang stated that when COVID-19 impacted our community last month, his son Brendan, who attends the Pre-K program at Hammarskjold Middle School, asked him to purchase PPE for our police officers.

Brendan overheard his father talking about getting masks for their family and friends, and stated to his father that our police officers need to be protected as well.

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Brendan offered to use his own money to purchase the PPE. He said to his father, “Who’s going to protect us if our police officers get sick from the virus?”

Zhang stated that he was very supportive of his son's idea; however, it took him a while to get the PPE, given the fact that the rest of the world was also attempting to purchase PPE.  Zhang and Brendan were able to donate 1,000 medical grade surgical masks and 480 N95 masks. In addition to the masks, the Zhangs also donated 50 coveralls for critical situations.

Mr. Zhang stated that once they dropped off the PPE, Brendan told him that he was very happy that our police officers are now protected, according to the police report.