FAIR LAWN, NJ - A Sunrise Rotarian said coronavirus has gotten personal for "so many in northern New Jersey," so along with help from his fellow Rotarians, he's working on collecting personal protection equipment or PPE's for hospital workers.

"My wife is a nurse at Hackensack University Medical Center. Every few days, she leaves our home and nine-month-old daughter at the crack of dawn to care for those who need it most," Fair Lawn resident and Sunrise Rotarian Nick De Gregorio said. "This would be a noble endeavor under normal circumstances, but in the age of COVID-19, the commitment by our healthcare professionals to keep our communities safe is nothing short of an act of heroism. For so many of us in north Jersey, this is personal."

De Gregorio has collected approximately 100-N95 masks, 50 protective gowns, 50 sets of goggles, and a dozen or so boxes of nitrile gloves.

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"We passed the supplies along to members of our Rotary Club who work at our local hospitals, and they are bringing it in this weekend," De Gregorio said.

The project is ongoing.

"We have a strong need for all N95 respirator masks, but especially “molded cone” or “3M-1860” style masks, which are what the hospitals are saying they need because sometimes the other styles don’t fit the healthcare workers’ faces well," he said. "But we will take anything; any N95 or surgical mask, any gown, any gloves, any goggles, or other FDA-approved medical equipment would be greatly appreciated."

De Gregorio asked if anyone has connections to FDA-approved medical equipment manufacturing facilities anywhere in the world, they "would love their help in connecting these contacts directly to the hospitals." He stands ready to coordinate the effort.

"If anyone can help us locate equipment or find manufacturers with capacity or inventory, please email me at nick@nickdg.com and I will coordinate with them," he said.

Another project run by a different Sunrise Rotarian involves a collection to provide meals for the various nursing staff at Hackensack Hospital, who often work long days with little down time to eat.  More about this project in coming days.