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Michigan State University donating materials to health care workers, first responders

Posted at 11:18 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 11:19:53-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan State University employees have collected more than 20 pallets of medical supplies and personal protective equipment for health care workers and first responders.

“With the transition to virtual learning and many research laboratories putting projects on hold, there was interest from faculty across the campus and in the clinics to help address the dire need of equipment for medical professionals and their patients. Campus Animal Resources partnered with MSU Extension, MSU Health Team, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and Office for Research and Innovation on a short timeline to address the need,” said F. Claire Hankenson, director of Campus Animal Resources and university veterinarian, in a press release. “A few conversations resulted in an incredible outpouring of selflessness. As a community, we came together with the focus on taking care of others.”

A call went out to building and supply managers to collect unopened, packaged items that could be used in a hospital or clinical setting.

Over four days, three box trucks were filled up with material including gloves, safety goggles, face shields, N95 repirators, disposable gowns/suits, disinfectants and cleaners.

Recipients include the East Lansing Fire Department, McLaren, Sparrow and Spectrum Health.