LINDEN, NJ – As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, a Linden pharmacy owner thought it was important to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to those working on the frontline.
Vinit Parikh, owner of St. Georges Family Pharmacy, contacted Sixth Ward Councilman John Francis Roman and expressed his interest in donating N95 masks to a local hospital.
After discussing the best way to do so, Parikh with the help of Roman, donated the N95 masks to both Linden Fire Department EMS workers and emergency room workers at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway. Parikh originally wanted to donate 150 masks but when realizing a greater need donated a total of 300.
Parikh couldn’t have been happier to assist those who needed it most during this difficult time.
“St. George’s Family Pharmacy was built on the principles of treating everyone who walks through our doors as family,” said Parikh. “This community is our family, and we want to do our part to keep it safe especially in these uncertain times. We see firsthand what our community is going through. It’s been tough, and we hope everyone stays strong and stays together as they always have. The first responders, the healthcare workers and all the essential workers are the true heroes. They are all working tirelessly to keep us safe. We are just trying to help in any way we can.”
Parikh added, “In the words of Helen Keller, alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Councilman Roman was excited to have been a crucial part of the effort.
“Linden EMTs can go through 3 masks per COVID-19 call if the situation calls for it, so every single mask is appreciated, “ Roman said. “It’s not an “IF” these masks will save lives, it’s a guarantee that these masks will save lives. Which makes Vinit and the team at St. George’s Pharmacy real life heroes and a valued part of our Linden community.”
Linden Fire Chief William M. Hasko, Jr. couldn’t have been more pleased to receive the mask donation.
“I want to thank St. George’s Pharmacy for their selfless donation of 150 N95 masks to our EMTs,” said Hasko. “It is amazing to see the community come together as one during this period.”
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