GLEN ROCK, NJ – The Glen Rock School District donated 3,000 gloves to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, along with 13 more cases from a local pizzeria after the hospital put out a call for personal protection equipment, running short because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Glen Rock Public Schools value those in the medical profession at this time and always," said Allison DeMeulder, the district’s Director of Communications. "We are so appreciative of their dedication and service to those who are sick during this pandemic."

According to DeMeulder, Superintendent Brett Charleston reached out to the district’s nurses and staff, and they identified where they could secure donations.

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And, an effort organized by Salvatore Reina, one of the owners of Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta, provided 13 cases to the hospital.

After reading about the shortage of masks, gowns, gloves and supplies in general, Reina contacted local hospitals to find out how to go about helping. Then, he called the companies he purchases the pizzeria’s supplies from to see if they carried the gloves needed by hospitals and found one of them did. 

On Monday evening, he posted about his fundraiser on social media and within 50 minutes, almost $3,000 was donated. After four hours, it hit nearly $7,000.

“It was overwhelming. In a good way,” he said. “Our community is the best.”

Reina added, “The people of Glen Rock have been and always is so amazing in every way.”

He also plans to donate gloves to Holy Name Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center, as well as a batch of 75 to 100 cases to Valley.

My representative, Dom, at Ferraro Foods and the people there were kind enough to reserve/hold a bunch of cases for me as I fundraised. I ordered them today, and they’ll be here tomorrow,” Reina said. “I was able to get an unplanned 13 more cases from Restaurant Depot today. There was only a 1 case limit per person but I showed the manager my Facebook post and Venmo showing what I was doing and he made an exception to allow me the 13 cases.”

Valley Hospital said it's received many inquires from people asking how they can help.

David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The Valley Hospital Foundation, “The past few weeks have presented unprecedented challenges for our community. Throughout the crisis, Valley’s employees and medical staff have been working tirelessly to provide the best possible care to residents of our region. They are truly amazing – through their expert knowledge, compassionate care and innovative approaches to challenges face on a daily basis – they get the job done."

There are a few ways to help the hospital, he said, and “whatever you can do will be needed and appreciated.”

How To Help

  • Donations of N95 masks, face shields, goggles, fluid resistant isolation gowns and non-latex (nitrile) gloves are being accepted and can be dropped off at the hospital’s main entrance (223 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood) Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sew N95 masks. The hospital is providing kits with approved materials you can take home to assemble, sew and return completed. If you’d like a kit, contact Sandy Carapezza at acarape@valleyhospitalfoundation.org
  • Donate to the COVID-19 response effort fund, which will help purchase supplies like N95 masks, face shields, goggles, isolation gowns and gloves. Click here to donate or send a check to Valley Hospital Foundation, 223 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ, 07450.