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An Overwhelming Response from the Stony Brook Community

Approved n95 masks have been distributed to the hospital healthcare workers.

Approved n95 masks have been distributed to the hospital healthcare workers.STONY BROOK, NY, April 8, 2020 — The donation program for Stony Brook University Hospital began on March 20 and it hasn’t slowed down since — thanks to the outpouring of generosity from the Long Island community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joan Dickinson, Director of Stony Brook University Community Relations; Colby Rowe, Stony Brook Medicine Trauma Center Educator and EMS Outreach Coordinator; and Scott LaMarsh, Building Manager for the Charles B. Wang Center, are leading the donation response teams that are speaking with donors, scheduling donations and shipments, receiving and cataloging the materials, and distributing the items. Scheduled donations continue throughout April.

For the period March 20 through April 4, the donation response teams have:


  • 2,200 emails

  • 415 donor calls by phone

  • 140 scheduled appointments for donation drop off

  • 50 shipments of materials

  • 275 video messages


  • 201,959 pieces of PPE

  • 4,793 comfort care items

  • 232 iPads

  • 65 food deliveries


  • Financial contributions — donate to Coronavirus Crisis Challenge

  • PPE donations, including N95 3M 1860 masks and other masks, protective eyewear, goggles, gloves, face shields including 3D-printed frames

  • iPad donations

  • Equipment including ventilators

  • Comfort care items for staff such as food through the SBUH Meal Train, water and beverages; hand lotion, dry shampoo, tissue packs, antibacterial wipes, Chapstick; liquid hand soap (pump jars/bottles preferred), hand sanitizer, Lysol and Clorox wipes; snacks, gum, candy, cough drops; stress balls, fidget spinners, aromatherapy masks; video messages of support

  • Comfort care items for patients such as puzzles, coloring pages and pencils; blank books and pens; socks, earplugs, sleep masks; notebooks, pens, pencils, sharpeners

A variety of comfort items have been donated for the medical staff and patientsAll N95 masks approved by Stony Brook Medicine have been immediately distributed to the healthcare professionals at Stony Brook University Hospital along with other approved PPE. N95 masks and other PPE are being distributed to our partners at Stony Brook Southampton and Eastern Long Island Hospital to fulfill their requests.

In addition to the overwhelming response from the community, others have been answering the call on campus. The iCreate Lab has assembled hundreds of 3D-printed face shields — 1,600 have been delivered to the Hospital to date — and the Department of Chemistry has produced nearly 100 gallons of hand sanitizer for campus use.

Boxes of donations stacked in the charles b. wang center are ready for transport to the hospital.“It’s been great to see the community come together. These donations are more than a great support for the hospital; they empower donors to be part of the solution,” said Joan Dickinson, Stony Brook University Community Relations Director.

To maintain social distancing and safety, appointments are being scheduled for donation drop off. Please contact: Joan Dickinson at or call 631.219.0603 to schedule an appointment.

About Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, nearly 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter(@stonybrooku).

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