Can you donate any NIOSH-approved N95 masks to Brooklyn hospital in crisis?

n95-particulate-respirator-500x500Dear Ḥaverim—Our son, Dr. Aaron Herzog is a medical resident at SUNY Downstate Medical Center–Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, an underserved inner city hospital currently at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been shifted to a 100% COVID-19 treatment facility. They have an immediate and critical shortage of NIOSH-approved N95 masks. The hospital’s medical residents have formed a group and are making requests of anyone who works in construction, or in do it yourself home construction projects donate any N95 respirators they may have on hand that can be used by hospitals.

We understand that everyone has concerns about possible shortages here on Vancouver Island but we appear to be doing what is needed to flatten the curve. New York City has been unsuccessful and is in crisis. We are asking because the need is critical, today, at Aaron’s hospital.  Two of the medical residents at his hospital have already contracted the virus.

  • If you have extra masks to spare, even one masklying around in your toolbox, please help. Check your garage, shed, toolbox and if you find any of these masks and would be willing to donate them, (or some of them), please either email me, or drop them off at the shul when you pick up your passover order. 
  • If you have any contacts who work in construction—contractors, painters etc., please forward this request to them.

I am collecting the masks and have been sending them by Fedex to Brooklyn where they are being used directly and immediately by front line health workers. If you are able to help, please email me at to coordinate pick-up OR simply drop off at the shul when you pick up your passover order.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and we wish you all a healthy and peaceful Pesaḥ, and stay well.

Much love from, Julia and Howie Herzog

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