[vcf-midatlantic] InfoAge in The Star Ledger donates N-95 masks
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Mon Mar 23 18:41:17 EDT 2020
Excellent news - thanks for sharing!
On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 1:20 PM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> *1,400 old face masks were sitting in a basement. They’re now fighting
> Photo Caption:
> The masks were stored for several years at the InfoAge Science and History
> Center in Wall Township, Monmouth County.InfoAge Science and History Center
> *By Anthony G. Attrino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
> Volunteers at one of New Jersey’s most historic museums on Thursday donated
> more than 1,400 N-95 face masks to a local hospital and other emergency
> workers to help them fight the spread of coronavirus
> “They were in the back of one of our warehouses, literally gathering dust,”
> said Mike Ruane, chief executive officer of InfoAge Science and History
> Center in Monmouth County. <https://infoage.org/>
> The masks, which had originally been ordered eight years ago for people
> responding to Hurricane Sandy, were uncovered days ago inside at the museum
> on Marconi Road in Wall Township.
> The museum is the site of the former U.S. Army base Camp Evans and the
> Evans Signal Laboratory, where scientists in 1946 bounced the first radio
> signals off the moon.
> When Hurricane Sandy swept across the state in 2012, devastating Monmouth
> County, a slew of volunteer recovery workers built a headquarters for
> themselves on InfoAge’s sprawling grounds, which contains 11 museums and
> five exhibits spread out across 34 acres.
> The masks were ordered for volunteers, who spent months knocking down
> damaged homes and repairing what they could.
> “The masks were needed for the workers, who went all over Monmouth County,
> tearing down sheetrock and helping to rebuild,” Ruane said.
> When the coronavirus pandemic hit, a museum worker remembered the masks
> were stored in a warehouse on the property.
> “Some of the boxes were banged up and some had mildew,” Ruane said. “But on
> the inside, the masks were wrapped up and not compromised at all.”
> The museum donated 1,000 masks to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank and
> another 400 to Wall Township, which was planning to distribute them to
> emergency workers and senior citizens.
> “We think it’s great that we were able to help,” Ruane said. “We are
> members of the Wall Township community. We enjoy being here and this is our
> way of giving back.”
> As of Thursday, at least 742 people in New Jersey had tested positive for
> coronavirus. Nine people have died, including members of a family from
> Monmouth County.
> Jeff Brace
> Vice President & Board Member, VCF East Showrunner
> Vintage Computer Federation
> jeffrey at vcfed.org
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