Nassau and Suffolk Emergency Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Drive is Underway

Adam Haber, an East Hills resident and Board Member of All Hands and Hearts, an international disaster relief organization, has announced that donations for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are currently being accepted at locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Mr. Haber is urging everyone to donate extra supplies of the following items they do not need:

N-95 and surgical masks (in unopened containers/boxes)
Eye protection, such as goggles and face shields
Antibacterial and disinfecting wipes, typically alcohol- or bleach-based (unopened)
Disposable medical gowns (paper fluid-resistant or plastic)
Hand sanitizer
Disinfecting wipes (Clorox/Lysol wipes)
Nitrile gloves (new, in unopened box, not expired)
Shoe covers/booties
No-touch thermometers
Thermometer probe covers
HEPA filters for ventilators/anesthesia machines

Nassau County residents can drop off their donations at the Nassau County Public Safety Building at Eisenhower Park, Parking Field 3, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Donations will be accepted on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until April 3.

For those who live in Suffolk County, donations will be accepted weekdays at the Suffolk County Fire Academy, 102 East Avenue, Yaphank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make a large donation of supplies or if you know of a potential vendor who may provide assistance, email FRESfinance@suffolkcountyny.gov. For more information, call Joel Vetter at (631) 872-1252.

“There is a nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment and Long Island has among the most critical shortages in the nation,” Mr. Haber said. “Many area hospitals and clinics are already out of supplies. We are asking you to donate any extra items you may have and to reach out to friends, neighbors, family members and local businesses if you believe they have an excess amount of the aforementioned items.”

For more information, please contact Mr. Haber at AdamHaber1@gmail.com.