Local technical schools lead donations to area hospitals

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Article Author: Martha Maloney
Publication Name: Collaborative for Educational Services
Article Date: 3/24/2020
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Two local technical schools, Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls, and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton, have each made donations of supplies to their local hospitals – Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, and Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Northampton.

Franklin Tech posted:  “Baystate Franklin Medical Center is accepting donations of medical PPE from local businesses, institutions and the community. These items include medical masks, gloves, face shields, eye protection, N95 respirators and stethoscopes. This morning, FCTS donated PPE to help protect the Health Care professionals on the front lines treating patients battling Covid-19. We wish our heroes (the doctors, nurses, and support personnel) health, wellness, and strength during this pandemic.”

Smith Voc’s donation included 120 safety glasses, 215 N-95 masks, 550 exam masks, 9,175 pairs of gloves, 900 bouffant caps, 56 gallons of bleach and 150 tyvek coveralls.  From the Smith Voc Facebook page –  “Today we donated all the medical and personal protective equipment we could spare at our school to Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Everyone at #CDH was overwhelmed and most appreciative at what we as a school and community could pull together to help in a time of need.  We are also looking at seeing if we can get our 3D printers up and running to create some more equipment they so desperately need.”


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