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Lawmaker’s foundation gives thousands of masks, gloves to hospitals, police, EMTs

Steve Strunsky | April 4, 2020 | NJ Advance Media |


The personal foundation of State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11th District) is donating thousands of breathing masks, latex gloves and bottles of hand sanitizer to five hospitals and 75 police departments and first aid squads in Monmouth County, the senator announced Friday.

The Vin Gopal Foundation raised $25,000 for the protective gear and other supplies needed to combat the coronavirus outbreak, raised through private donations under a drive led by Gopal and Eatontown Police Chief Bill Lucia, intended specifically for recipients in Monmouth County.

“Why we are doing our own operation here is to make sure donations go to Monmouth, which is where donors want it to go,” Gopal said in an email.

He said shipments of 1,400 KN95 masks would go out Saturday to each of the five hospitals: CentraState Hospital in Freehold; Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel; Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch; Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; and Riverview Hospital in Red Bank.


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