(Lindenwold, NJ) – The Camden County Office of Emergency Management recently began distributing approximately 14,000 brand new, individually wrapped KN95 masks into the community. The masks were donated by Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties on Thursday, Jan. 21.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Habitat for Humanity to send us these critical resources which are already being put to use by first responders and personnel within long-term care facilities,” said County Commissioner Jonathan Young, liaison to OEM. “Since the start of the pandemic, the availability of personal protective equipment like masks, gloves, and gowns, has put additional stress on healthcare facilities and emergency departments across the country. OEM has been working with partners throughout the region to ensure that no one ever contracts this disease because of a scarcity of resources.”
Thousands of the masks were initially donated to Habitat for Humanity by an anonymous donor. The organization has been making similar donations to South Jersey counties to help support the community during this unprecedented crisis.
“We are lucky to be in a position to do a small part in helping protect our neighbors in Camden County by sharing our inventory of masks,” said Lori Leonard, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties. “We know the county will make good use of them as the need for masks remains critical. We’ve seen over these past months how even a single raindrop can make a ripple, and we are happy to help in every little way we can.”
The Camden County Office of Emergency Management is responsible for maintaining and enforcing the New Jersey state disaster laws, and is charged with coordinating the efforts of local emergency agencies and organizations during a disaster or natural disaster.
For more information about the Camden County Office of Emergency Management, please visit https://www.camdencounty.com/service/public-safety/emergency-management/.
PHOTO: Sam Spino, Camden County Emergency Coordinator, and Lori Leonard, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties, as the county received 14,000 brand new KN95 masks.