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Orvis donates 750 cloth masks to Southwestern Vermont Health Care

Apr 30 2020, 2:31 PM

Orvis, a luxury clothing retailer with headquarters in Arlington, shipped 750 cloth masks to Southwestern Vermont Health Care in response to the facility’s call for personal protective equipment. Personal protective equipment, or PPE, has been in short supply nationwide, leaving many hospitals to rely on community members and businesses to supply crucial equipment.

“Doctors, nurses, first responders, and others on the front line are playing such an important and heroic role in the world at this time,” said Simon Perkins, Orvis’s chief operating officer. “As a dedicated member of the Vermont community committed to giving back, we feel fortunate to be able to do our part to support them.”

Southwestern Vermont Health Care has received PPE from more than 130 individuals and business donors, according to a statement released by the organization. PPE has included N95 masks, procedure masks, hundreds of cloth masks, cloth surgical caps, and face shields made on 3D printers.

— Sarah Asch