PARAMUS, N.J. -- The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164, a labor union based in Paramus, donated $50,000 in personal protective equipment to 17 area hospitals to help them prepare for an inevitable second wave of Covid-19.

The donations consisted of KN95 masks, gowns, hand sanitizer, and food.

“On behalf of IBEW Local 164 and our 3,000 members, thank you to all of our hospitals for your courage and leadership during these trying times,” said Business Manager Daniel Gumble. “Your experience and expertise saved countless lives and your work brought pride to our community. As this pandemic continues, IBEW Local 164 will continue to support you in any way we can.”

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IBEW comprises 2,000 electricians active throughout Bergen, Hudson and Essex counties and more than 700 telecommunications workers contracted throughout New Jersey who work on significant construction projects throughout the state from the George Washington Bridge to the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

"We could not be more thankful to IBEW Local 164 for their generous donation of KN95 masks, gowns, hand sanitizer, and food for our staff,” said Deborah Visconi, CEO, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. “Support and donations from organizations like IBEW Local 164 are helping our frontline heroes provide outstanding care to our community, and we are deeply grateful to them.”

“At this time, we have beaten this virus back, but the fight is not over," said Assistant Business Manager Thomas Sullivan. "We are hopeful these supplies will ensure you will be sufficiently stocked up for the second wave we all fear.”