Scene at MIT: Donations of personal protective equipment ready for local hospitals

Labs across campus respond to a call; MIT sends thousands of items directly to area hospitals in need.

Donations from across campus are collected and sorted in MIT's Mail Services before distribution to area hospitals.

Donations from across campus are collected and sorted in MIT’s Mail Services before distribution to area hospitals.

Image: Martin O’Brien

While much of the MIT campus is quiet, Mail Services has seen a steady stream of activity this week as it acts as the staging and sorting area for thousands of donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from across campus.

More than 50 departments, labs, and centers – as well as individual community members – have responded to a call to donate extra, unopened PPE to support area hospitals and frontline health care workers in need. Some labs even included handwritten notes of thanks and support on their donation.

A cross departmental effort has allowed for a quick response to an outpouring of donations: Mail Services and Custodial Services have collected donated PPEs from across campus, while Campus Services Senior Manager Marty O’Brien; Environment, Health, and Safety Associate Director Nick Paquin; and Office of Sustainability Project Manager Steve Lanou have worked to sort and inventory items as they come in. O’Brien, along with Mail Services Supervisor Darren O’Connor and Manager Mike Fahie, have to date delivered donations to area hospitals including Cambridge Health Alliance and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as well as to the Cambridge Police and Fire Departments. Additional distribution to area hospitals is planned.

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