Tufts Medical Center has always been grateful for the support that our surrounding communities have shown, but we never could have imagined the outpouring of generosity that has been shown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Development Office has been deluged with phone calls and emails from countless individuals and community organizations eager to donate goods and supplies, ranging from meals, to iPads, to personal protective equipment (PPE). “We’ve seen such an outpouring of support and we are so incredibly grateful,” said Maura Lynch, Vice President of Development. “The highest volume being of PPE from both local and international communities.”
To date, more than 200,000 PPE items have been donated, from local, regional, and international communities, necessary items to prepare for the surge in COVID-19 patients. PPE donors include a group of Tufts University parents in China, National Grid, Robert Kraft, Tufts University, including the School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine, members of the Chinatown and Greater Boston Asian communities, and numerous local businesses.
In addition to these much needed PPE supplies, just as welcome is the incredible support received from neighbors in Chinatown and the greater Boston Asian community. Individuals and organizations across this community have expressed their gratitude for our health care workers who are fighting on the frontlines at this challenging time.
“The Boston Asian community offers their full support to our health care workers,” Tufts MC Primary Care physician, Dr. Jenny Gao said. “They will stay home, and practice social distancing, but will contribute and volunteer if there is anything they can do to help. Stay safe, and protect yourself while serving the patients is the message they want me to pass along.”
Restaurants and food companies, big and small, have also stepped up to keep our dedicated frontline staff fed and energized. Establishments including Dunkin’ Donuts, Sandwich Works, Anna’s Taqueria, CLIF Bar & Company, Flour Bakery, Dig-Inn, Bazaar Supermarket, The Four Seasons Hotel, Orinoco Restaurant, Azuluna Foods, Frontline Foods Boston and Anheuser-Busch have contributed to thousands of meals, snacks, and beverages delivered in recent weeks.
“The response through generous donations has truly been inspiring – it fuels our caregivers, offers meaningful morale boosts and enables us to keep our community safe,” said Lynch. “We are forever grateful and are confident that we will emerge from this pandemic more resilient and stronger than ever.”
For information on how to support our efforts against COVID-19, visit tuftsmedicalcenter.org/donate.