EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ- East Brunswick resident Simon Chu, owner of Cornerstone Financial Strategies on Route 18, secured a donation of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for the East Brunswick Police Department and first responders yesterday.  

Ten boxes were donated to Mayor Brad Cohen's office yesterday at 3:00.  Each box has 40 cartons with 50 face masks per carton, totaling 20,000 masks.  The masks are not medical grade and cannot be used by hospitals, but they will prove valuable to township employees on regular duty.

The masks were donated by Kezhao Ning of Cassiey Equity Investment Group in Zhongshan City, Guangdong China.  Ning is a businessman who wanted to help the United States by donating the 20,000 much-needed FDA-registered and CE-certified face masks.  Cassiey is a cosmetics exporter that specializes in facial masks and skin treatments.

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The donation was facilitated by local realtor Jane Mueller who said, "As East Brunswick residents, we are very grateful to our heroes, and we love to help whenever we can.  Together, we will get through this and be stronger than ever."

The masks were received by Mayor Cohen and Police Chief Frank LoSacco who credited Mueller and those involved in the process of getting the masks from China to East Brunswick.  "These masks will keep our township employees safe while they are helping those in need.  The EBPD uses N-95 masks as part of their PPE.  These will be a backup for police officers, but they will be useful every day for those work to keep the township running.  The community of East Brunswick has been tremendously supportive during this crisis, and we value all the help we have been given."

LoSacco also reminded people to take "personal responsibility" and follow the rules for social distancing, especially in the township's parks and residential common areas.