The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation today announced that they have distributed more than 150,000 surgical masks to those on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 this month, including 25,000 to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA; 16,000 to Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA; 12,000 to Lifespan in Providence, RI; 8,000 to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, RI; 4,000 to South County Hospital in South Kingstown, RI; 2,000 each to the State Police in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; and 200 to each police chief and fire chief in the 140 communities where Ocean State Job Lot stores are located.

Additional recipients include Bradley Hospital, Care New England, CharterCARE Health Partners, the Rhode Island Free Clinic, URI, Amtrak Police, and the North Kingstown Fire Department.

In late March, Ocean State Job Lot contributed $250,000 to a fund dedicated to acquiring critical supplies needed in the fight against COVID-19 by leveraging its global supply chain to quickly and affordably source items such as gloves, masks, disinfectants, sanitizers, eye protection, and more from its vendors.

“COVID-19 is affecting all of us in every community, and Ocean State Job Lot is doing all we can to take advantage of our unique operations to lend a hand,” said David Sarlitto, Executive Director of the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation in a prepared statement. “From masks to food donations, we are grateful to be able to provide assistance to those who are putting their lives on the line to protect ours.”

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