LIVINGSTON, NJ — Thanks to recent personal and private donations from residents and community organizations, the Township of Livingston has been able to supply several long-term care facilities, local first responders and Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) with necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to help contain the outbreak of COVID-19.
For several weeks, community members of all ages have been stepping up in various ways to assist those at the forefront of the fight of the pandemic. Donations of supplies such as face masks and shields, hand sanitizer, gloves and more have assisted the township in responding to calls for help from various facilities such as CareOne at Livingston Assisted Living, Inglemoor Rehabilitation & Care Center, Atrium Post Acute Care, Saint Barnabas and more.
“Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming demand of PPE requests statewide, the state has been slow in receiving and distributing needed supplies to long-term care facilities,” said Livingston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Coordinator Christopher Mullin. “All donations made to our local OEM are very much appreciated and are distributed to facilities throughout the township as needed when requested.”
In the last week alone, the following donations have been delivered to the Livingston OEM and Livingston Police Department (LPD) and distributed accordingly.
- After recently donating more than 8,000 masks to the LPD, the Livingston Chinese Community has donated another 12,000 masks to restock the department’s supply. The remainder will be distributed to the local care centers and SBMC.
- The Livingston OEM also received another donation of surgical masks from the Livingston Chinese Community to be used as needed throughout the community.
- On behalf of the Livingston Taiwanese Association, resident Melody Huang and her son, Gene Lu, organized the donation of 500 KN95 masks to the LPD.
- Sanskriti of New Jersey, a Livingston-based non-profit organization consisting of a large group of Indian residents, donated cases of hand sanitizer, gloves, masks and other supplies to the LPD.
- The Livingston OEM dropped off private donations of PPE and supplies to Universal Institute (15-17 Microlab Rd) and Care One at Livingston Assisted Living (68 Passaic Ave) to be used by employees to assist in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19.
Mullin, who also serves as Livingston Fire Chief, and Livingston Chief of Police Gary Marshuetz both expressed their appreciation for all the support that they have received from the community in the effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic within the Township of Livingston.
“The police department has been overwhelmed by the amount of donations received from the various community groups in Livingston,” said Marshuetz. “It is obvious to us that the groups, and individuals within the groups, are going to great lengths to help us protect our brave officers. I cannot say thank you enough.
“The acts of kindness and compassion have been nothing short of amazing. We are using the supplies for our officers and turning over any excess to Emergency Management to be passed on to care facilities within Livingston.”
Any individuals or organizations interested in making a donation of PPE to the township should contact Mullin at (973) 992-2373.