Distributor Donation: NAPA donates more than 2,000 masks to B.C.’s Operation Protect

Vancouver, British Columbia ⁠— NAPA Auto Parts in Vancouver has donated its stock of N95 disposable masks to health care professionals in B.C.

The company donated 2,100 of the medical-grade masks to B.C. health care professionals through a new initiative called Operation Protect, which will help distribute the equipment to provincial health care facilities.

Greg Phoenix, NAPA’s general operations manager for Vancouver, told CTV that the need for PPE is so great, it was immediately clear to him where the masks should go. The donation was inspired by Phoenix’s father, who recently moved into an assisting living facility.

“Very close and dear to my heart are all the care facilities, especially senior living. Anything we can do to help is great,” said Phoenix.

Lee Coonfer, CEO of the B.C. Seniors Living Association, said hospitals, clinics, long-term care homes, assisted living facilities, and seniors’ homes are all at high risk, and the need for protective equipment is critical.

So far, more than 300 donors in the province have donated more than 318,000 items, including disposable masks, gowns, gloves, hand sanitizer, and surgical masks.

Contact your local health care facilities to learn how you can do your part.

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