Classic Donates PPE for the Front Line

  • Apr 13, 2020

In an effort to do our part to help support front line healthcare workers, we personally visited Bellevue Medical Center (NYC), Holy Name Medical Center (Teaneck, NJ), and Hackettstown Medical Center (Hackettstown, NJ), and provided a donation of 1,000 protective face shields.

The shields we contributed were made right in New Jersey (in keeping with our core values) of ultra-thin laminate that's flexible, allowing the mask to easily wrap around the contours of the user's forehead, protecting the front and sides of the face. They are fog and crease resistant, and outfitted with hook and loop straps that can be adjusted (unlike “one-size-fits-all” rubber straps). Most importantly, these straps don’t pinch or press after professionals have worn a face shield for an extended time period. Finally, the strap is also latex-free, making it easy to put on and take off when wearing other PPE (goggles, hair cover, etc.) underneath.

This was, save walks around the neighborhood for fresh air (keeping 6 feet away from everybody, of course!) and minimal grocery stops, the first time we'd ventured out since limiting exposure to others was just a vague recommendation. The empty highways were expected, but the scene both at the medical centers themselves as well as the areas around them were something else. To say that an empty Times Square, a deserted Empire State Building, or a 5th Avenue devoid of activity is startling is an understatement.

More stunning, however, is the energy and dedication you can feel when visiting any of these facilities or speaking with staff - from administrative support to front line critical care professionals, the sense of duty and focus is palpable. As folks at each hospital expressed their gratitude for the contributions, we could only say that while appreciated, the thanks were completely unnecessary. We are grateful to be able to provide some vital PPE, and that's such a small thing compared to the way these folks not only work endless hours, risk their own health, but also in many cases sacrifice the ability to be near the people they love as a result of their near proximity to Covid patients.These are gifts we can't begin to repay.

We would like to give special recognition to a couple of front line heroes we personally are proud to know: Lauren Rivers at Holy Name Medical Center and Chrissie Reyes at Hackettstown Medical Center. Both of these ladies are ER Nurses who care and commitment, and we are grateful for their service to us all! 





  • Category: Giving Back
  • Tags: Healthcare, Covid-19, Giving Back
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